Frank Lampard has left Stamford Bridge for the second time in his life. The first time, it was after 13 years, as a player. This time, it’s after an all-too-brief 18 months, as a manager.
It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, these past couple seasons, thanks to events within and outside of our control, and events within and outside of the football bubble itself. It’s been emotional, frustrating, delightful, and everything in between. Perhaps the only thing missing was a trophy.
Lampard’s legacy was of course never in doubt, and as he leaves, we can all look forward to the day he returns, in whatever capacity.
As the banner recently raised on the Shed End proclaims: Then. Now. Forever.
“It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.
“Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months. I hope they know what that means to me.
“When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.
“I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club.
“I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.
“I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.
“I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”
-Frank Lampard; source: LMA