Parliamentary Review speaker Frank Lampard appointed Chelsea manager
Chelsea Football Club have appointed former midfielder and Parliamentary Review speaker Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year contract.
Lampard, 41, takes the reins at Stamford Bridge after leaving EFL Championship club Derby County, whom he took to the play-off final at Wembley in his first season as manager.
His Derby side narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 defeat to Midlands rivals Aston Villa.
Lampard fills the void left by Maurizio Sarri who left west London in June to become manager at reigning Italian champions Juventus.
Lampard made over 648 appearances for Chelsea as a player, winning 11 trophies and becoming the club's all-time record goalscorer with 211 goals.
Upon signing his contract, Lampard expressed his "immense pride" to return to the club which he "loves" and has "a shared history" with.
But the former midfielder, capped 106 times for England, is also a familiar face to The Parliamentary Review and a range of its representatives, having spoken at the 2017 Parliamentary Review gala launch event in the House of Commons.
Lampard's speech on hard work and leadership to the representatives was introduced by Parliamentary Review director Craig Wilmann, who said: "he [Lampard] is admired by football fans and non-football fans alike for his professionalism, hard work and willingness to help others. We may have the Frank Lampard of manufacturing or the Frank Lampard of education here with us tonight".
The former footballer lifted the lid on his glittering career for all present and described how a hard work ethic helped him grow from a boy in a "comfortable and stable" childhood environment in Essex into one of the greatest footballers of his generation.
Under the tutelage of his father, Frank Lampard Sr and his uncle, Harry Redknapp, Lampard always lived by the mantra that hard work was the key to success and that this mentality can be translated to business.
Going from initially questioning his place at Stamford Bridge at a time when a dressing room of big names "lacked togetherness" in Lampard's view, he described how his own hard work and determination set him on the road to success.
In particular, Lampard paid tribute to the wholesale changes made at the club under the Roman Abramovich regime which astronomically raised standards at Chelsea and laid the foundations for a successful era, and also to former coach Jose Mourinho, whom Lampard described as "one of the greatest influences" on his career.
Moving away from sport and his career, Lampard was also quick to credit the achievements of all those present at the House of Commons for the gala that night.
"This night isn't just about me and my career. This night is about you and none of you could have hoped to be here tonight without putting in hard work and showing the leadership qualities necessary for success.
"I'm simply sharing some of the biggest experiences of these qualities in my life and my career with all of you."