Frank James Lampard OBE is an English professional football manager and former player who was most recently the head coach of Premier League club Chelsea.
As a player, he is widely considered to be one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players, and one of the greatest midfielders of his generation.
On 4 July 2019, Lampard was appointed as the new head coach at former club Chelsea on a three-year contract, making him the first English manager to manage the side in over two decades.
In Lampard’s first competitive game with Chelsea, the club lost 4–0 to Manchester United on the opening day of the 2019–20 Premier League. It was the biggest defeat for a Chelsea manager in their first game since Danny Blanchflower’s team was beaten 7–2 by Middlesbrough in December 1978.
In Lampard’s second competitive game, they lost to Liverpool on penalties in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup.
On 24 August 2019, Lampard obtained his first Premier League victory as Chelsea manager, beating Norwich City 2–3 away from home.
On 25 September, Chelsea picked up their first home win under Lampard, beating League Two side Grimsby Town 7–1 in the EFL Cup. Lampard’s matchday squad against Grimsby featured ten academy graduates, including Reece James and Billy Gilmour, making their first-team debuts.
Lampard won Premier League Manager of the Month for October 2019 after Chelsea recorded a perfect record in the league for the month. By doing so, he became the third manager to win Premier League Player of the Month and Manager of the Month, after Gareth Southgate and Stuart Pearce.
Lampard eventually guided Chelsea to 4th in the Premier League and the FA Cup Final, where they lost to Arsenal.
In the following season, Chelsea made five major acquisitions in the summer transfer window in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, and Édouard Mendy. They spent over £200 million in total, the most by any club in the 2020 summer transfer window.
Chelsea initially started strong, topping their Champions League group and the Premier League in early December. However, after a run of two wins in eight Premier League matches, Chelsea dropped to ninth and Lampard was dismissed on 25 January 2021.
His dismissal came just 24 hours after Chelsea’s 3–1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup. On 26 January, German coach Thomas Tuchel was announced as his replacement.
It was reported Lampard’s departure was also influenced by disagreements with the club’s transfer policy; Lampard is said to have requested the acquisitions of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Declan Rice, and James Tarkowski, with these moves being blocked by Chelsea’s co-director Marina Granovskaia.
Lampard also reportedly fell out with or had limited communication with some players, causing former teammate and club advisor Petr Čech to have to serve as an intermediary.
However, this UEFA wouldn’t have been won without Super Frank .He assembled the team and gave the young players hope. And today, Chelsea is the winner of UEFA Champions League.
I think all Chelsea Fans need to thank Frank Lampard.