Frank Lampard opens up over his Chelsea dismissal for the first time.
The former Blues coach was sacked in January following a string of poor results and was replaced by Thomas Tuchel who guided the team to win the Champions League.
Lampard was appointed in the summer of 2019 when Chelsea had the transfer ban and has to rely on their academy players.
Lampard said: “Well obviously you never want to lose a job, I’m in pretty good company at Chelsea. It happens. It’s the brutal reality of football at the top level.
“With reflection, I’ve had a few months out now, it’s been nice to spend some time out of the game. I’m pretty proud at the job I did, it was an honour to manage the club.
“I came in at a tough time with the ban and the loss of Eden Hazard and worked really hard to get into the Champions League and Mason [Mount], developing the younger players was a huge deal to me.
“I’m happy. You don’t want to lose your job but it’s a huge experience for me.”
He added: “I will say when I watched it, first I’m a Chelsea person, Chelsea fans are happy and the club deserves.
“But secondly to see Mason and Reece perform at that level, people like Mendy, Thiago and Chilwell, who came in in my time makes me pretty proud. But again that’s a great achievement by them and well managed.”