One of England’s most respected footballers, Frank’s career on and off the pitch has been noted as one of professionalism and intelligence. Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer he played for the club in almost 650 games and was at the heart of a team that won Premier League and Champions’ League titles. Having retired from playing he’s now moved into management with Derby County, before which he was a regular in the media, and, more unconventionally, a children’s author. In speeches he provides his view on what makes a successful team and what great leadership looks like.
Frank Lampard is one of England’s best-known and most respected footballers of recent times. Although now manager of Derby County, Frank is inexorably linked to Chelsea, for whom he played for over a decade. He was widely seen a professional, intelligent and loyal player in an era of the game where such attributes are considered rare.
The son of Frank Lampard Sr and the nephew of Harry Redknapp, it was perhaps unsurprising that Frank Jr’s professional debut was with West Ham United. Despite serious injury early on in his career he proved himself to be a key part of the team helping them to one of their most successful periods for over 20 years. He stayed with the club for over five years before moving across London to Chelsea.
Over the course of 13 years and almost 650 appearances Frank established himself at the heart of Chelsea as they became one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Seen as one of the team’s best and most consistent players he helped them to their first major trophy in 50 years when they won the Premier League in 2005. He would go on to be a vital part of the team that would win the Champions’ League, FA Cup, the Europa League and two more Premier League titles before he left having scored 211 goals in all competitions and becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer.
Frank’s international debut came in a friendly against Belgium but he only became a regular in the England team after the retirement of Paul Scholes. From that point on he became an important part of the set-up both on and off the pitch. Although major success eluded the team, Frank joined an elite group of players to earn 100 England caps and became the team’s highest scoring midfielder with 29 goals.
After leaving Chelsea Frank spent brief periods at Manchester City and New York City before retiring. Before taking on the manager role at Derby he appeared regularly in the media, including as a team captain on ITV’s Play to the Whistle. Along with writing his autobiography Totally Frank he is also the author of a series of children’s books about Frankie and his magic football.
A leader on and off the pitch, Frank takes a considered look at the nature of the team with reference to the success of Chelsea as well as the struggles of England. He looks at what motivates the best performers and how to overcome failure as well as sustain success.
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