Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck believes Frank Lampard enjoyed a ‘very successful’ debut campaign as manager of the club, despite a tough end of the season.
After replaced Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea head coach last summer, Frank Lampard guided his teams to a top-four finish to secure Champions League football next season.
However, their campaign ended in huge disappointment after falling to defeat in the FA Cup final against London rivals Arsenal before getting thrashed 7-1 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League.
But Chelsea’s hierarchy have been left impressed with Frank Lampard’s first season and are extremely excited about what the future holds at Stamford Bridge.
‘In the end we think it was a very successful season,’ Buck said.
‘I think obviously we would have been a little bit happier if we had won the FA Cup.
‘But I’m sure the manager and the players were gutted not to lift the trophy.’
Frank Lampard and Chelsea will be desperate to kick on again next season and they made a statement of intent in the transfer market by snapping up both Hakim Ziyech for £38million and Timo Werner for £53m.
And the Blues are also looking to wrap up a mega-money £90million deal for Bayer Leverkusen highly-rated creative midfielder Kai Havertz, who scored 17 goals and contributed nine assists in all competitions for Germans giants this season.
Frank Lampard’s side also keen to strengthen his back-line options and they are pushing hard for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, West Ham’s England star Declan Rice and Atletico Madrid’s Uruguay star Jose Gimenez, while a new goalkeeper could also be on the shopping list.
With Chelsea looking to make inroads on England’s elite, Liverpool and Manchester City, and Buck is enthused about what’s in store.
‘Frank Lampard is a very positive force for Chelsea,’ added Buck.
‘He’s Chelsea through and through and that continues to show. He carries a lot of credibility. It’s an exciting time for Chelsea.’