Frank Lampard has refused to view his appointment at Chelsea as a huge risk but as an opportunity to further his Stamford Bridge legacy.
The Blues record goalscorer had only one season of managerial experience with Derby County before he returned to his former club as a head coach.
“I am quite bold. You have to be in football,” he said. “The minute I stepped into management, what did I want to do? This is no disrespect to Derby, a fantastic club for me. I was ambitious as a player, I wanted to manage at the top.
“The opportunity to come here, having had my link here, this is an obvious club I would love to manage, simple as that. The minute I started management, the minute I realised this could be the case. This could, if I am fortunate and do OK, I get the job at Chelsea and I risk it. I am willing to risk.
“I have belief in myself. I’d like to think my playing career is there, it is what it was and I will try to be the best manager I can. I understand the risk but I would rather look at the upside and can I go and do something similar to my playing career, but can I come away with success from my playing career?”
“The reality is that the owner has won 16 trophies in 16 years, huge success, he runs it as his own desire, and his desire has always been for the best of the club,” he said. “He has chosen me hopefully on that premise. I don’t know whether it will change. I do think it is a reality of football.”