Former Chelsea defender William Gallas admits surprise at seeing Frank Lampard in the dugout but backs Everton boss to become ‘one of the best English managers’

    It’s coming up to four years since Frank Lampard first entered the world of management, and his involvement in the game has certainly surprised William Gallas.

    Just over a year after announcing his retirement from playing, Lampard was appointed Derby boss in 2018.

    His bid to take Derby up fell at the final hurdle as they lost in the Championship play-off final in 2019

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    His bid to take Derby up fell at the final hurdle as they lost in the Championship play-off final in 2019

    After narrowly missing out getting the Rams promoted to the Premier League, Lampard was offered his dream job as he replaced Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager in the summer of 2019.

    He guided his former club to a top four finish and FA Cup final in his first season in charge, despite a summer transfer ban which also saw Chelsea lose star player Eden Hazard.

    But he was gone midway through his second season following a bad run of results, however, he’s well and truly back on the managerial horse with Everton.

    And Gallas, who played alongside Lampard at Stamford Bridge for five years, admits at being surprised to see his former teammate now on the touchline.

    But seeing him in action has convinced Gallas that Lampard can become one of the best English managers around.

    Gallas and Lampard enjoyed huge success at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and a League Cup

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    Gallas and Lampard enjoyed huge success at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and a League Cup

    “I never expected him to be a manager!” Gallas told talkSPORT.com with Bet365.com.

    “When I was playing with him we never talked about this – maybe he talked about this with John Terry because they were very close.

    “I never expected him to be a manager but I’m very happy for him because he did a good job at Derby, and unfortunately at Chelsea he didn’t have time to show what he could do.

    “I’m sure with more experience he can be maybe be one of the best English managers.”

    Lampard has made a solid start to life at Goodison Park, winning two of his first three matches

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    Lampard has made a solid start to life at Goodison Park, winning two of his first three matches

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