Frank Lampard has said “I will never feel like I am saying goodbye” to Chelsea, as the manager departs Stamford Bridge after his final game in charge on Sunday.
Chelsea have been far below their best this season and fans have watched on as three managers took charge of the Blues and all struggled to make any impression in either the Premier League or in Europe.
Lampard is the third manager to take charge this season and his second term in charge of Chelsea has been as unsuccessful as it has brief.
The manager took over for his second term in charge of Chelsea in April and Lampard has won just one game since his return, with Chelsea in 12th going into the final game of the season.
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Chelsea take on Newcastle in their final game of this season and although it is his final game in charge, Lampard says “I will never feel like I am saying goodbye” to the Chelsea supporters.
“It will be the end of season and the end of my time back but normally when you leave a club you don’t have a hurrah as a manager. You are in one day, out the next and that’s fine.
“When you take on a managerial career it doesn’t mean you will be at a club you had 13 years at as a player forever.
Frank Lampard has only won two games in his last 24 matches as a manager in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/kpB3rmscO5
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 25, 2023
“I certainly do appreciate the fans’ support on Sunday. More than anything I would love to give them a performance to take away for the summer and feel a bit more positive about.”
Lampard will manage his final game on Sunday as Chelsea travel to Newcastle, who secured Champions League football with one game to spare last weekend.
Former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino will take over from Lampard at the end of this season, with Chelsea set to officially announce the deal soon.
“It’s his problem” 😂
Frank Lampard’s advice to Mauricio Pochettino 👀 pic.twitter.com/93uyhSHO7o
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 26, 2023
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