After the former manager’s sacking by Chelsea, Mason Mount has ‘nothing but appreciation and gratitude’ for Frank Lampard.
Following a poor run of form that saw the club fall to ninth in the Premier League, former Blues midfielder Lampard was fired after 18 months in charge on Monday.
Thomas Tuchel, who signed an 18-month contract following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain in December, was installed as his successor.
Mount has a close partnership with Lampard, having taken him to Derby on loan in the Championship before his arrival.
“He’s been very important to me,” the club website told him. He took me to Derby, gave me the time to play, and before returning to Chelsea and continuing my studying, I learned so much there under him.
As a player on and off the field, I have nothing but respect and appreciation for everything he’s given me. I’ve certainly grown up as a player as well, so he means a lot to me.
Under Roman Abramovich’s stewardship, Tuchel is now the 10th permanent manager of the club.
Senior players have gone through similar transition times before with younger players like Mount looking for guidance from them with many of them experiencing it for the first time now.
“It’s a tough time for the club,” he said. I’ve been here for a very long time, and while at the Academy, I’ve seen executives leaving from afar, but when you’re in the first team building and it happens, it’s a different feeling.
“It’s something we younger players haven’t experienced before but we speak to the likes of Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] and Petr Cech, who have been through it, and try to get any bit of experience from them on how to deal with it.”
Mount is hoping to play in Tuchel’s first game on Wednesday night at home against Wolves.