Former Chelsea star Florent Malouda has admitted he never saw Frank Lampard becoming manager because it did not seem like something he wanted to do.
The Blues boss is a managerial novice at the age of 41 and the west London outfit have taken a risk on hiring him.
Previously, he only has one year of experience after leading Derby to the Championship play-off final last season.
However, it could be argued Lampard has had a huge impact already after completely changing the ethos of the side.
Former managers had the luxury of splashing the cash but with a transfer ban in place the Englishman has turned to the academy.
Chelsea currently cling onto fourth in the Premier League and remain in the FA Cup and Champions League .
Former Chelsea star Florent Malouda was surprised by Frank Lampard’s management decision
And they have done so with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Mason Mount being promoted to the first-team.
But Malouda did not see management in the offing for Lampard, who shared a dressing room with him for six years.
He said: “I never felt it was something he wanted to do at the time.
“But then what amazed me is that when he made his mind up after retirement it went so quick.
Frank Lampard is in his first year at management at Stamford Bridge
“He’s an inspiration. I’ve played with him so I have known him as a leader, by everything he was doing on the pitch and in training, his attitude.
“To see the transfer into a management career is a very good example to follow.”
Malouda was part of the Carlo Ancelotti era at Stamford Bridge that became the first Premier League side to score over 100 goals.
The Frenchman scored 15 goals and grabbed 12 assists in the 2009/2010 side that won the league and the FA Cup which saw him crowned player of the year at the club ahead of the likes of Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba.
“I think it was maybe not my best season at Chelsea, but the one…