sport news Chelsea hero Frank Lampard says he is close to move into management

Frank Lampard has declared himself ready to move into management once the right opportunity arises.

The former England midfielder has been working behind the scenes to complete his coaching qualifications at old club Chelsea as he inches closer to a first job in management.

Lampard expects more of his generation of England players to move into management in time, and backed Steven Gerrard to realise his own coaching ambitions.

Frank Lampard is ready to move into management once the right opportunity arises

Frank Lampard is ready to move into management once the right opportunity arises

While Gerrard closes in on taking the helm at Rangers, Lampard has recently been linked with Ipswich - and conceded he is moving ever closer to taking on a front line coaching role.

'Well I'm doing my coaching badges at the moment. I've spent a lot of time at Chelsea this year, gaining hours of experience,' Lampard said.

'I've already managed to get my A Licence in coaching. So yes, with the right opportunity and right timing for me, I'd really take a very close look at it.

Lampard also backed former England team mate Steven Gerrard to succeed as a manager

Lampard also backed former England team mate Steven Gerrard to succeed as a manager

'Because you do want to give back, show you can help try to develop players, and help them tactically and whether you can be a good man manager.

'I certainly think Steven will make a success of it. I've known Steven a long time, he's a serious thinker about the game. I work with him now, and his analysis and extent of knowledge about the game is huge.

'He'll be a great acquisition for anyone to take on, and good for him. It's what he wants to do and I think

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