Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has revealed his wife, Christine, will not arrange any social gatherings if his Chelsea side falls to defeat because he turns into a ‘nightmare.’
Lampard, who has guided Chelsea on an impressive run of form recently to get them to 5th on the table, said his hunger to succeed at Chelsea had cost him dozens of dinner parties and nights out with his TV host wife Christine.
Speaking on the Eddie Hearn: No passion, No Point podcast, the Chelsea boss said: ‘We’re not allowed to arrange dinners or any get-together after games in case the worst comes to the worst — because if we lose, I’m a nightmare. I can’t help it. It’s just par for the course.
‘I had a year in the media, which was an absolute comedown from the pressures of playing and the pressures I get now. And as Christine will joke, I was a much better, easier, more relaxed Frank.
‘A manager gets 50 problems a day. It’s much more consuming, but I love it and couldn’t live without it. What you need is a really understanding family.
‘With your children, that’s a bit harder because they want dad, they want you to give them absolute attention, and those are precious moments.
‘I get home from work, and I see their smiles. I know it’s a bit cliched, but it doesn’t half help you when you’ve had loads of problems throughout the day.’
Lampard, who is under more pressure to succeed this season following Chelsea’s £253million summer spending spree, added: ‘I realize now it’s much harder than playing in terms of it is consuming. I had to put my ego at the door a bit and say that I might ruin what I achieved in 13 years to a degree — because if it doesn’t go well, I will be judged harshly and quickly.
‘I am so driven personally that my biggest fear is myself. If I try to pull the wool over your eyes as Chelsea manager, it’s not going to work.’
Chelsea will take on Newcastle away in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime with the hope to get all three-point and go top on the league table.