Petr Cech has now admitted that he was big in the club pushing to hire one manager during his time on the board at the Chelsea.
He told Sky Sports that it was him that was so key in the club approaching Frank Lampard with an offer after Maurizio Sarri left the club.
Cech was providing punditry for coverage of Crystal Palace vs Chelsea, where he saw late goals from Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez help them complete a thrilling turnaround in the London derby.
However, after the game the opportunity was there to ask the former goalkeeper and board member about his career both on and off the field.
Cech was asked about the decision to hire Lampard for his first tenure at the club in 2019, when he replaced Sarri off the back of his success in the Europa League.
The former Technical and Performance Advisor admitted that it was him who was driving the interest in bringing him in as manager.
Cech pushed for Lampard as manager
He said: “When we were deciding who will be the manager after [Maurizio] Sarri left, I was the one who pushed so hard for Frank [Lampard] to be manager. He did well at Derby. He was my favourite choice.
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“I was hoping it was going to go in the best possible way. We would have liked to have [Frank] longer, but you have the board and big boss – when he wants to make a decision you have to expect it.”
With the departure of Eden Hazard impacting his squad before he even took over, it is fair to say that Lampard had a very strong first season in charge of the club.
He also laid the foundations for the side which Thomas Tuchel took to new heights in 2021, winning the Champions League in his first year at the club.