Frank Lampard remains in touch with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and ‘uncle Harry’ Redknapp as he continues his managerial journey.
Lampard didn’t get off to the best start for the Blues with his first competitive game ending in a four-goal drubbing at the hands of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side – the result looks somewhat worse now considering the paths both teams have taken since. Mourinho, a man who isn’t exactly renowned for being reserved, criticised his tactics following the game, in his role as a TV pundit.
In a recent interview with talkSPORT Lampard said: “With Jose, we would have texts from time to time.
“We had some at the start of the season around the Manchester United game where he had a little go!
“It’s all good. I’ve sat in the punditry chair for a year, so I understand the need to say things so I’m certainly not going to bang on too much. In terms of him, yeah we have a relationship.”
While Mourinho occupies a significant tutoring part of his life, Lampard is quick to praise Redknapp as the man who made becoming the Chelsea manager possible. Lampard played under Redknapp at West Ham United before moving to Stamford Bridge.
“Harry Redknapp is Uncle Harry so it would sound wrong if I didn’t speak to him, but he was great for me in getting me the role at Derby. He was close to Mel Morris [the chairman].
“He followed us brilliantly last year. He would text me and call me to talk about Derby and is doing the same at Chelsea, so I have to shout Harry even though he is family.
“What he did for me in terms of getting me on the ladder managerially is huge and I will always be thankful for that.”
“With Jose we have texts, around the Man United game he had a go at us!”
“@Redknapp was great in getting me the role at Derby, what he did was huge.”
“My dad is a bit old school, we clash.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 18, 2019
Chelsea have won four games on the bounce in all competitions and welcome Newcastle United, who are coming off the back of a victory against Manchester United, to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.