Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has said that Frank Lampard wasn’t ready for a Premier League job so early in his career – hinting at an issue that couldn’t be fixed.
The former England midfielder got the job after taking Derby to the Championship playoff final – following the departure of Maurizio Sarri back in July of 2019.
Despite a postive first season in which the club reached the FA Cup final and secured Champions League qualification, Lampard was dismissed in the following January.
Lampard was swiftly replaced by former Borussia Dortmund and PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who has overseen a run of postive results and progression into the FA Cup final and Champions League semi-final.
Now that some time has passed, Brazilian born Italy international Jorginho has felt that now is the time to speak out, and his comments have not been supportive of his former boss.
"Look, I'll be really sincere here on Lampard,” Jorginho told ESPN Brasil.
“I believe, given he was a legend at the club, he skipped some steps necessary for learning before moving to a big club. He came to a club where he is a legend, without having experience at other clubs.
“I think he came too soon, skipped a few steps ahead and wasn't ready for a job at this level, to be honest."
Those words hint that certain players had their doubts about Lampard on his arrival, despite his history at the club and close relationship with Roman Abramovich.
Lampard said after his exit: “It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.
"Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months. I hope they know what that means to me.
"When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.
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"I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club.
"I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.
"I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.
"I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”
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