Frank Lampard, the current manager of Chelsea football club, believes that the club’s recent run of five consecutive defeats since he took charge of the team should not damage his managerial reputation. Chelsea recently suffered a 2-0 loss to their west London neighbours Brentford at Stamford Bridge, adding to their woeful season.
Lampard took over from the sacked Graham Potter in September, following Thomas Tuchel’s shock dismissal. This is Lampard’s second spell as Chelsea boss, having previously been sacked by former owner Roman Abramovich in 2021. He is only in charge until the end of the current season, with former Tottenham and Paris Saint Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly close to being hired as Chelsea’s next permanent manager.
Lampard’s reputation had already been tarnished by his sacking at Everton in January, where he left the team mired in a relegation battle. With Chelsea in danger of finishing outside the top half of the Premier League for the first time since 1996, Lampard could be doing harm to his future prospects by associating himself with the crisis-torn Blues. However, he believes that potential employers must understand the mess the club was already in prior to his return.
Chelsea has lost to Wolves, Brighton, and Brentford in the Premier League under Lampard, while also being eliminated from the Champions League quarter-finals by Real Madrid. They have failed to score in four of Lampard’s five matches as he struggles to make a cohesive unit out of a disparate group assembled during co-owner Todd Boehly’s £550 million ($684 million) spending spree in the last 11 months.
Lampard wants to win games but understands the problems they are facing as to why they are not winning. He acknowledges that he cannot just tell his players to believe and expect them to do so. He believes it takes time and effort to build a cohesive team, and sometimes things just don’t go in your favour, as was the case against Brentford.