“I’m 100 per cent responsible”

Frank Lampard arrived at Chelsea last summer as a very inexperienced manager.

He had gone a season managing Derby County in the Championship and had a decent time there, but it was just his first season in management.

He made the jump to Chelsea in the Premier League and it is safe to say that things didn’t always go his way during his first spell as a manager in the top league.

Lampard’s Chelsea were inconsistent, despite managing to finish in the top four, but fans knew that this was a project that would take some time and things are starting to click now.

Interestingly, Lampard has been speaking about the blame culture and how he prefers to take responsibility himself as a manager, and look at the collective issues, rather than unfairly blame an individual for a mistake – because that it something that happens to everyone, every day.

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Lampard has been speaking about it to the Chelsea website, he said:

“One thing I’ve seen in football, from being a young man trying to make it playing to now managing, is a kind of blame culture. I hear it a lot.

“Part of the way I am is that I never want to look at things that way.

“As a player it was very easy to look at it and say it was the back-four’s fault or I’ll blame the strikers because they didn’t finish my chances. But generally I’m always looking at myself. I was always my own biggest critic.

“On the pitch and off the pitch, I of course made loads of mistakes, but if you want to get better you have to take responsibility.

“It’s of upmost importance to me as a manager and it’s a message that you really have to drill home, because it’s very easy when you’re a coach or a manager and you’ve been there and had your career and you know you made a million mistakes, when you sit at the top of the tree, or in my office at Chelsea, not…


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