Harry Redknapp says he’s spoken to Lampard about Chelsea
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Harry Redknapp, 73, has given an insight into a recent chat he had with his nephew Frank Lampard. It comes after the former professional footballer, 42, was sacked by Chelsea last month after 18 months as the Premier League club’s manager.
Harry opened up about the situation while speaking to Alan Titchmarsh on his ITV show Love Your Weekend today.
The former Tottenham manager was quizzed on how he felt about the situation by the gardening expert.
Alan said: “I look at football managers and think, goodness me!
“You’re at the mercy of the whims of owners and chairmen of clubs and looking at your nephew Frank Lampard, someone who was sacked from Chelsea, given hardly any time.
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“What’s your feeling about that?”
Harry then revealed: ”I just spoke to him on the way here today, I was on the phone to him.
“Yeah, no, disappointing. I spoke to Frank this morning actually and he wants to come back in.
“He’ll go back in, he loves it!”
“Into management?” Alan asked in response.
“Into management, yeah, he will do,” Harry insisted.
The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner previously said Chelsea made a “knee-jerk” decision in sacking Frank.
Harry told talkSPORT host Jim White: “On the back of a good result, beating Luton in the FA Cup, I thought they’d give him a bit of time.
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“I thought [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer was sure to go, no way he was going to survive, but Manchester United gave him a bit of time and suddenly they have a little run and turn it around.
“Everybody goes through bad spells; Jurgen Klopp is going through one now at Liverpool, Mikel Arteta is going through one at Arsenal as well.
“People need time. Losing four or five games doesn’t suddenly make you a bad manager! Surely you’ve got to have more faith in people rather than giving them that knee-jerk reaction.”
Frank left when Chelsea were ninth in the Premier League table after a defeat at Leicester City, having won once in their past five league matches at the time.
Former Paris St-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has now replaced him.
Following an announcement by the club about his exit, Frank said he was “disappointed not to have had the time to take the club forward”.
He also added it had been a “huge privilege and an honour” to manage the club he previously played for.
“When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club,” he continued.
“I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club.”
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