'I don't want to sound too picky…' Frank Lampard is already thinking about next job despite Chelsea nightmare | The Sun

FRANK LAMPARD has admitted that he "doesn't want to be an interim manager" in his next job.

The former midfielder was appointed Chelsea's interim boss last month following the dismissal of Graham Potter.

But he is yet to win a game while in charge, with Chelsea having lost each of their last six.

Despite his terrible return to Stamford Bridge, Lampard remains optimistic about his future in management.

He said: "I think this is a hard answer. It could come out like I’m being ultra-selective and I think the reality is a lot of jobs are challenging at this level.

"It’s trying to find a project, a club, that is aligned with where you want to take the team and style and the club.

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"When I came here I certainly took it on with a lot of heart and understanding that it was short term.

"But I don’t want to be an interim manager in my next job. I’d actually like to be able to work in something that feels like it has an opportunity to go the way I want it to go and I’m very aware of what that way is.

"I don’t want to sound too picky about it. Those challenges I’ve had have sometimes been big challenges but that’s what life’s about.

"I’m fortunate to say I’ve managed Chelsea twice. Everton are a huge club. Derby are a huge club. But maybe I will think in a different way when I move on."

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Lampard kicked off his managerial career with Derby in 2018.

At the end of his first – and only – season in charge, he led the Rams to the Championship play-off final where they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

After a successful campaign with Derby, Lampard returned to Chelsea in July 2019 to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager.

He spent 18 months in charge of the Blues before being sacked in January 2021 following a poor run of form.

After taking a break from management, the 44-year-old was appointed Everton boss at the beginning of 2022, but he was dismissed earlier this year after dragging the Toffees into a relegation battle.

Although Lampard refused to rule-out the prospect of becoming Chelsea's permanent manager upon his return to Stamford Bridge, he is now expected to be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino in the summer.

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