‘She goes: “Does he have a girlfriend, a wife? Is there a problem?”‘: Frank Lampard admits he asks wife Christine for tips on dealing with his Chelsea players… but insists ‘she’s not picking what full-back we’re going to play!’
- Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed his wife helps with man management
- The Englishman is set for his second season back at Chelsea with big ambitions
- His wife Christine is a high-profile TV presenter and advises on ‘life issues’
Jody Morris and Chelsea’s coaching staff aren’t the only influences on Frank Lampard’s management, with the Blues boss admitting he consults his wife over players’ ‘life issues’.
Lampard took on his first Premier League season in only his second term as a manager in 2019-20, impressing under the Stamford Bridge pressure to finish fourth and reach the FA Cup final.
The club icon is continuing to learn quickly in the dugout and has experience playing under some of the world’s top bosses to pull from – but Lampard has revealed his wife Christine is a crucial sounding board for his man-management.
Frank Lampard has revealed his wife Christine helps him deal with his players’ personalities
The pair have been married since 2015, with Christine a famous TV presenter working on ITV
Lampard impressed in his first season back at Chelsea as a young boss but is still learning
‘I do throw a lot of things off Christine,’ the legendary former midfielder said.
‘She’s not picking what full-back we’re going to play that weekend but at the same time, if I have certain issues which are life issues – and actually football issues sometimes – I can definitely go home.’
‘I go, “Christine, what do you think about this problem: I’ve got a player here and he didn’t turn up for training yesterday. But we still probably need him on the weekend, what do you think?”’
Lampard revealed that Christine helps him understand players’ issues in their personal lives
‘And she goes: “Does he have a girlfriend, a wife? Is there a problem? Have you spoken to them? Maybe you should speak to them.”
‘So she’s not my life coach as such, but I’m very fortunate to have someone to bounce things off of at home.’
Christine, who married Lampard in 2015 during his brief Manchester City spell, is a high-profile TV presenter, currently appearing on ITV’s Loose Women.
Lampard has had to deal with a tricky off-field incident recently, with six of his players testing positive for coronavirus during their summer break and eight in total having to quarantine.
Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori all went into self-isolation after they were pictured on holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos before pre-season training began.
Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi also had to stay away from Chelsea’s Cobham base.
It is not known which of the players tested positive, however.
But the former England star is enjoying a productive transfer window, splashing an incredible £230m so far on seven players: £89m Kai Havertz, £38m Hakim Ziyech, £53m Timo Werner, £50m Ben Chilwell and free transfers Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva, plus youngster Xavier Mbuyamba.
Chelsea kick off their new season away at Brighton next Monday night.
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