After returning to the club as coach, following a season with Championship side Derby County that marked his first managerial job, Lampard lasted a season-and-a-half before he was dismissed this January.
“I have to say that when you lose your job it’s hard,” Lampard told The Telegraph. “Anyone who says anything differently is a liar. It’s not the truth.
“There’s an element of pride, you’re working towards something one day and then it’s taken away from you. That’s life. You have to be a realist about it.”
“Very quickly the dust has to settle and one of the biggest things for me – living in Chelsea, a mile from the ground – is that I walk around and see Chelsea fans all of the time.
“You do wonder what the reaction will be because you’ve lost your job – will they be happy with what you did or not? And I think it made me realise even more, the bond I had with them from my playing days but also what they saw, what I was working towards in season one [as coach], up until the point where I left in season two.
“I was working with a real vision because I care about the club. I wouldn’t have gone into the job without a full understanding that at some stage I might leave in whatever circumstances.
“I didn’t go into it with just a full heart, wanting to go back to Chelsea after a year managing at Derby. I went into it with a full head and realising what an opportunity it was. Would it last forever? History tells you probably not.”
Tuchel, who was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain in December, took over from Lampard and has led Chelsea to the Champions League final and also this month’s FA Cup final, which the Blues lost 1-0 to Leicester last weekend.
“I’ve come to terms with the fact that my managerial career just carries on, and the beautiful thing is that I have come away from the club that I love, played at for so long and I’ve still got some really strong connections and I love that side of it,” Lampard said.
“It’s been a nice couple of months just to take in being with a [new-born] baby, not working and completely throwing yourself into that. And I’ve enjoyed that side and that’s been a big plus.
“The shock has been how often I’ve been called upon to do the house chores. Dishwasher, the rubbish – I’m the rubbish man, taking it out every Monday and Thursday.”
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