While announcing that he would be taking a “break” from managing, Frank Lampard expressed his satisfaction with Chelsea’s final performance during his tenure as temporary manager.
Chelsea has seen a string of record lows this season, but on Sunday, they came back from a deficit against Newcastle at home. Anthony Gordon opened the scoring for the Magpies in the first ten minutes, but after a quick set-piece routine within of 30 minutes, Kieran Trippier unintentionally redirected the ball into his own net.
Newcastle celebrated their first top-four finish in 20 years, while Chelsea’s 1-1 draw was insufficient to move them over 12th place. After coming back to Stamford Bridge in April, Lampard only managed one victory in 11 games played in all competitions.
Having had the majority of the possession and outshooting Newcastle 22 to 13, Lampard said on BBC’s Match of the Day, “I think [we should have won]. We played like a Chelsea team should at home; more threat, more confident than we’ve been and we created chances. They did too but they are a good team; nothing to play for gave them freedom. You have to be careful not to get into a transitional game with Newcastle because they are a running team.”
“It was nice [to say goodbye to the fans],” Lampard said. “I really appreciate them.
“Chelsea fans understand the tough position we were in when I came here. Although we haven’t got the results we want this season, it is what it is. I’m not too nostalgic, I’ve got a great bond with the club and I’ll be back many times.
The same day, Everton defeated Bournemouth 1-0 to avoid being relegated. The game’s lone goal was scored by Abdoulaye Doucoure, who Lampard had frozen out prior to the former England international being fired by the Toffees in January. “I’m really happy for Everton. I know there are people who care of that club; fair play, it is a huge football club and deserves to be in the Premier League.”
Despite being one of the younger managers in England’s top division at 44, Lampard intends to take a break after an abject failure upon his return to west London. “I’ll have a break,” he revealed, “it has been quite intense. I wasn’t in that mode, I had to get in the mode. I’ve given it my all, we’ll see what happens.”
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