Jorginho: Lampard wasn't ready for Chelsea job

Jorginho: Lampard wasn't ready for Chelsea job

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard "wasn't ready" for the managerial job because he "skipped a few moves," according to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

Lampard took over at Stamford Bridge in 2019 to replace Maurizio Sarri, and in his first season, he guided the club to a top-four finish and an FA Cup final.

After losing star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and being unable to sign players due to a FIFA transfer ban, the season was regarded as a success.

Chelsea spent £220 million last summer, but Lampard was fired in January after failing to get the best out of new arrivals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

Jorginho only played the full 90 minutes four times this season under Lampard, and the club's all-time goalscorer clearly needed more managerial experience before taking over at Chelsea.

"Look, I'll be really sincere here on Lampard. I believe, given he was a legend at the club, he skipped some steps necessary for learning before moving to a big club," Jorginho told ESPN Brasil's Resenha.

"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."

Lampard's first managerial job was with Derby County, where he led them to the 2019 Championship playoff final before losing to Aston Villa.

Thomas Tuchel, who took over for Lampard in January, has guided the team to the Champions League semifinals and back into contention for a top-four finish.

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