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I’ve Turned Down Flattering Offers – Lampard

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that he refused some “flattering” offers since he left Stamford Bridge.

Lampard was sacked after Chelsea’s run of five successive defeats that left them in the ninth position in the Premier League.

According to Sky Sports, the former Blues player have since been linked with coaching England Under-21s, as well as roles at Premier League side Crystal Palace and Scottish outfit Celtic.

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“I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six weeks, two months, that have been flattering but not the right thing,” Lampard said in a question-and-answer session ahead of this month’s London Football Awards in support of Willow Foundation.

“Nobody wants to lose their job and come out of the game you love, but at the same time … when you go into this career, this will happen, no matter how good you think you are or whatever circumstances you are in.”

Lampard’s wife Christine Bleakley gave birth to his fourth child – the couple’s second – last month, and the former Derby County boss said he hoped to ease back into management.

“It was certainly the time for me to take a step out, having been managing for 2-1/2 years full pelt and having the family situation,” Lampard added.

“The opportunities weren’t quite right but I think about it. It would be something I’m keen to do, at the right time, at the right place.”

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