‘It’s his problem’ – Frank Lampard wishes incoming manager well as speculation surrounds successor

May 27, 2023

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Chelsea’s caretaker manager, Frank Lampard, is preparing to bid farewell to the Stamford Bridge faithful as the club’s disappointing season comes to an end. Despite enduring a string of poor results, Lampard has been heartened by the unwavering support he has received from the fans. As he approaches his final match in charge against Newcastle, Lampard remains determined to give the supporters something to smile about.

When asked about his successor, widely rumored to be Mauricio Pochettino, Lampard humorously deflected the question, stating, “I don’t know. It’s a good headline but I don’t know, it remains to be seen… It’s his problem.” While acknowledging the challenges of managing Chelsea, Lampard emphasized that it is still a fantastic job, even if some top managers initially passed on the opportunity. Reflecting on his own experience, Lampard expressed gratitude for the chance to manage the club and wished the incoming manager well.

Despite enduring a difficult season, the Chelsea fans have remained loyal to Lampard, demonstrating their support during the recent 4-1 defeat to Manchester United. Lampard appreciates the backing he has received and acknowledges that the upcoming Newcastle game does not feel like a final farewell. He explained, “I don’t want this to sound corny but I don’t feel like it is a goodbye… I will never feel like I am saying goodbye to the fans.”

Lampard recognizes that as a manager, one does not often receive a grand send-off. However, he remains calm and non-nostalgic, knowing that his managerial career may take him to other clubs. Living close to the stadium, Lampard intends to return to Chelsea on numerous occasions. Despite this, he expresses his appreciation for the fans’ support and hopes to reward them with a positive performance in the final game of the season. He aims to leave them with a lasting memory to carry through the summer, enabling them to feel more positive about the future.

In unfortunate news, Mason Mount may miss the Newcastle match due to a pelvic injury. The game may mark his final appearance for Chelsea due to ongoing contract negotiations. Mount’s absence would be a blow to both Lampard and the fans, as they have come to appreciate his contributions on the pitch.

As Lampard’s tenure as caretaker manager concludes, he looks forward to the next chapter in his coaching career. Regardless of his departure, his connection to Chelsea, both as a player and a coach, remains strong. He leaves with gratitude for the fans’ support and a desire to provide them with a memorable performance before they part ways for the summer.

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