Frank Lampard jokes Chelsea will be “someone else’s problem” after Sunday’s season finale but says it “remains to be seen” whether his successor has the toughest job of any blues boss and Mauricio Pochettino is expected to take the lead. reins.
Frank Lampard jokingly insists that Chelsea is someone else’s problem after Sunday’s season finale, but the Stamford Bridge legend is still determined to finally give fans something to smile about.
The embattled goalkeeper will end his disastrous reign on short notice when his team host Newcastle.
Lampard insists it won’t feel like a complete goodbye to his fans, who have supported him through a 10-game one-win, eight-loss streak.
But despite that spell – and Chelsea’s worst league result since 1996 – Lampard refused to comment on whether his new permanent successor, still expected to be Mauricio Pochettino, has the toughest job of any Blues boss at more than two decades.
‘I don’t know. He is a good starter, but I don’t know, he remains to be seen,” Lampard said.
Frank Lampard has joked that Chelsea will be “someone else’s problem after Sunday”
Mauricio Pochettino (pictured) will take over from Lampard after the end of the season
Chelsea were humiliated 4-1 on Thursday night by Manchester United at Old Trafford, which means more misery for what has been a forgettable season.
I can’t jump into the future. I think it’s a fantastic job because it’s Chelsea’s job and when I took it the first time I came here, I probably got the job because a lot of the senior managers didn’t want the job. I know that for a fact. That was a big part of it.
‘But I enjoyed the process and I enjoyed coming in and I wish the new manager all the best. I don’t know. It’s his problem.
Despite seeing their club’s worst season in this century, Chelsea fans have rooted for Lampard, chanting his name repeatedly during Thursday’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester United.
That has left Lampard, now ending his second term in charge, grateful for the endorsement, although he insists the Newcastle game will not feel like a final sendoff for him.
“I don’t want this to sound corny, but I don’t feel like it’s goodbye,” Lampard said. ‘I appreciate it, it will be the end of the season and the end of my little time ago.
And I didn’t have that farewell before because it was Covid, but normally when you leave a club you don’t have a big hurrah as a manager. You’re in one day and you’re out the next and that’s okay.
“It doesn’t seem strange to me and, this is the cheesy part, I will never feel like I’m saying goodbye to the fans.”
‘My career as a player and as a coach, the first time and in this period, is there.
Lampard was appointed caretaker manager of the club after Todd Boehly (pictured) sacked Graham Potter earlier this season.
While it’s been a tough end to the season with Lampard winning a game since taking over, he said it “didn’t feel like goodbye.”
I live close enough to the stadium and I will return to Chelsea many times. When you take up a coaching career, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be forever at a club where you played for 13 years.
I’m pretty cool about it, not overly nostalgic, but I certainly appreciate the support from the fans and I’ll appreciate it on Sunday.
“But more than anything, I’d love to give them a performance to take over the summer and feel a little more positive.”
Mason Mount, who may have played his last game for the club due to an ongoing contract deadlock, is unlikely to play due to a pelvic injury.