John Obi Mikel on Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss: ‘We were expecting Terry to reach that level first’

  • The Nigerian was always confident Lampard is destined to become a manager.

  • Still, he is surprised by how quickly it happened.

  • Terry will also become a top coach, Mikel believes.

John Obi Mikel has confessed he was a little surprised to see Frank Lampard managing Chelsea so early in his career.

The Blues’ all-time goalscorer was touted to become a top-level coach by his ex-teammates along with John Terry. But while the former Blues’ captain keeps working as Dean Smith’s assistant manager at Aston Villa, Lampard took charge of Chelsea only one year after he was appointed at Derby County.

“I am very happy for Frank,” Mikel told Turkish media outlet 61 Saat. When we were playing at Chelsea, we were expecting that John Terry and he would be very good managers, but we were expecting Terry to reach that level first. But Lampard made a big step.

“His arrival at Chelsea means the club are caring for their legends. I joked with him after the Chelsea move, I want to be his assistant when I retire.

“I hope he will be successful at Chelsea for many more years. I also want to see John Terry in similar jobs in the future because he was our leader on the pitch.”

The 32-year-old Mikel is hardly planning out his coaching career in earnest. This summer, the Nigerian joined Trabzonspor on a two-year deal with an option of a one-year extension. So far, Mikel played in 8 games in all competitions for his new club.

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