According to a report yesterday in the Daily Mail, followed by reports today at talkSport, ESPN, and many others, Frank Lampard has begun studying for his UEFA B licence in coaching, which is the first step towards a career in professional football coaching and management.
Studying towards the B licence involves both classroom and training ground work, which “looks on the practical side at functional practices, small-sided games (8v8) and phases of play (attack against defence). The classroom elements look in more depth at sports psychology, periodisation of training and fitness, amongst others.”
Part of the requirements towards the B licence, which is technically Level 3 in the FA’s coaching pyramid, is to “find work in Centres of Excellence and Academies”. Unsurprisingly, the Academy used for that purpose will be Chelsea’s at Cobham, where Lampard has been a frequent sight over the past couple weeks.
As far as I can tell, this is not Chelsea offering Lampard a job just yet, at least not officially. He’s strictly there to study towards his badges, which will take at least a year but possibly up to two.
But maybe he and JT can team up and get all this done at the same time?