Frank Lampard’s first season in charge at Chelsea was nothing except a significant success.

The club legend arrived from Derby County last summer with just 12 months of coaching experience under his belt.

Expectations were set low for this project due to a variety of aspects and it’s reasonable to state a top-four finish – and an FA Cup final to eagerly anticipate – exceeded those expectations.

Jurgen Klopp may have directed Liverpool to their first Premier League title and Brenden Rodgers may have turned Leicester into a European force, however Lampard’s effort can’t be overlooked.

In truth, there are premises to suggest that the Chelsea boss should be named Supervisor of the Season ahead of his competitors.

Why you might ask? Well, let’s have a look.

Let’s start with the most obvious. When Lampard reached Chelsea, the club could not sign any gamers.

The one in charge could not strengthen an already thin team, even if he desired to, while his competitors were spending some lots of money.

At the start of the season, the tip was that the Blues might seriously fall back their close competitors … however that wasn’t the case.

On top of the transfer ban, Chelsea had simply lost star guy Eden Danger to Real Madrid. He contributed to 49% of the club’s goals in the 2018/19 season.

Not just did they lose the Belgian’s ludicrous goal contributions, but they likewise lost their talisman. The player others wanted to, the one who might produce something from absolutely nothing.

Yes, Chelsea have missed out on Risk – any group would – and now a number of players are beginning to stand apart as possible replacements, most especially, Christian Pulisic.

It’s no genuine trick that Chelsea have among the very best academies in England – if not Europe. But young gamers were seldom offered an opportunity in the first string at Stamford Bridge – till this season.

Yes, the transfer restriction did force Lampard’s hand, but he offered debuts to eight academy graduates this season, more than any other Chelsea manager ever has.

Just in case you can’t keep in mind, the eight youngsters are: Mason Mount, Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Tino Anjorin, Ian Maatsen, Tariq Lamptey, Marc Guehi and Armando Broja.

There seems little doubt that Lampard has the tools to become a world-class coach himself one day, however already in his first season at Chelsea, he’s beaten a few of the very best around.

He boasts wins over Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti, Brendan Rodgers, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta in his debut season and has even done the double over Jose Mourinho.

Getting wins against those supervisors prove Lampard is doing something right.

His tactics may not have actually constantly been spot on this season, but post-lockdown, almost every alternative the Chelsea supervisor’s made has been area on.

Against Aston Villa, Male City, Crystal Palace and even in the defeat to Liverpool – Lampard’s subs altered the game for the better.

On top of that, the Blues manager had a variety of injuries to handle throughout the campaign, with essential gamers like Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour sidelined sometimes.

Management is a results organisation – and Lampard delivered in his very first season. As discussed earlier, expectations were set pretty low at the start of the campaign.

So to deliver Champions League certification and an FA Cup last at the end of it should definitely be seen as a significant success.

With the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and perhaps even Kai Havertz joining this summertime, there’s definitely no reason to suggest Chelsea won’t challenge next season.

Naturally, the obvious option for the Premier League Manager of the Season award would be Jurgen Klopp. After all, he’s directed Liverpool to their first-ever title and won the LMA reward.

However let’s not under-estimate what Lampard has actually done at Chelsea. While it is unlikely he’ll beat Klopp to the top award, there’s definitely reason to suggest he needs to be in the discussion.