Frank Lampard has thanked the Chelsea fans who created a Stamford Bridge banner throwing their support behind his problematic managerial reign in west London.
Fans group ‘We Are The Shed’ created a banner reading “In Frank we trust. Then. Now. Forever” that was displayed for the first time in Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Luton.
Tammy Abraham’s hat-trick helped Chelsea ease into the fifth round with a 3-1 win, though Timo Werner missed a late penalty.
Lampard has come under intense pressure after five losses in eight Premier League encounters, but this influential group of Chelsea fans have made their feelings clear on their staunch support for the ex-Blues midfielder.
And the 42-year-old boss revealed his gratitude in knowing that fans are behind him, especially given the empty stadium means supporters cannot voice their feelings through match day chants.
“I knew about the banner maybe a week or two ago, directly from those who put it together, who are obviously massive supporters of this club and I was very appreciative,” said Lampard.
“I don’t know if emotional was the word, but people who know about how I feel about this club will understand, it’s a two-way thing from the first time I came here, maybe 20 years ago nearly.
“So I’m very thankful for that support, and it’s great to see it at the Bridge. I feel it very strongly indeed.
“I know the modern world has moved on with social media. There are eyes all over the world.
“But one thing I know is that when I’m at the Bridge, the fans have shown me huge support as a player, and now as manager here as well. So I appreciate it very much.
“All I want to do is repay that with being successful at the club, and working through a tough moment to bring a long-term success to the club.”