By Oli Gamp For Mailonline
Published: 09:09 GMT, 4 November 2020 | Updated: 09:12 GMT, 4 November 2020
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has heaped praise on manager Frank Lampard for the job he is doing at Stamford Bridge - but admits he did not see his old team-mate becoming a coach.
Blues legend Lampard took the reigns in west London after leaving Derby County last summer - thrusted into a huge role early in his career - but exceeded expectations by leading the team to the Champions League in his first season despite being under a transfer embargo.
Chelsea remain in contention for success this season with just four points separating them from top spot in the Premier League, and Essien said he was impressed by Lampard as the club is 'not an easy place to go'.
Former Chelsea star Michael Essien admits he did not see Frank Lampard becoming a manager
He said his former Blues team-mate was 'quiet and calm' but praised his work at the Bridge
But he said despite seeing as an obvious 'leader' in the dressing room, the ex-Ghana star did not envisage the 42-year-old making a foray into management.
'He [Lampard] was one of the leaders [in the dressing room]. I didn't really see that he would end up