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Chelsea ‘draw up four-man shortlist’ of potential Frank Lampard replacements

Chelsea are believed to have identified four potential managerial targets to replace Frank Lampard if their poor form continues.

The Blues have won just one of their last six Premier League games and Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City saw the pressure on Lampard ramp up.

It is not believed the club legend is in immediate danger of the sack, but any further slip-ups before the end of January could see Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich pull the trigger.

And according to The Independent Thomas Tuchel, Max Allegri, Brendan Rodgers and Ralph Hasenhuttl are the names being considered if Lampard is handed his P45.

Frank Lampard’s position at Chelsea looks to be under threat

Tuchel was recently fired by Paris Saint-Germain, and will no doubt be desperate to return to management as soon as possible.

The German won two Ligue 1 titles during his time in France, and has also taken charge of the likes of Dortmund and Mainz.

Allegri, meanwhile, is another coach in search of a new club having not been in employment since Juventus at the end of the 2018-19 season.

After winning a total of six Serie A titles during his time at the helm at AC Milan and Juve, Allegri certainly has the winning experience that Abramovich may be looking for.

Rodgers would be a fascinating choice given his history with Chelsea, with the Leicester boss having worked as head youth coach and reserve team manager at the club in the past.

His impressive spell at Leicester so far make him an attractive proposition, similar to Hasenhuttl, who is overachieving with Southampton this season.

Brendan Rodgers is among those said to be being considered

Whether either Rodgers or Hasenhuttl would be tempted by a switch to Stamford Bridge remains to be seen, however, with Abramovich notorious for not giving managers too much time before demanding results.

Lampard’s Chelsea are next in action on Sunday when they take on Morecambe in the FA Cup before they return to Premier League duties with a West London derby against Fulham on January 15.

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Frank Lampard told to make big decision on Timo Werner amid Pulisic snub

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been warned over how to deal with new signing Timo Werner amid his poor run of form, after Christian Pulisic named Olivier Giroud as the most lethal striker at the club.

Werner has been disappointing recently following his £53million arrival from RB Leipzig.

The forward scored four times in his first eight Premier League games, but hasn’t found the net since.

A series of high-profile blunders in front of goal has been coupled with him being dropped by Lampard in favour of Giroud in recent weeks.

The French veteran has scored three goals in his last four league games, and appears to be Lampard’s favoured option through the middle.

Frank Lampard has been warned over how to use Timo Werner

And former Chelsea defender Scott Minto believes that if Werner’s lack of defensive awareness could lead to a gap on the left flank if he is played on the wing.

Speaking to Stadium Astro, he explained that playing Werner in the middle is probably the best option despite his lack of firepower in front of goal, as he believes the youngster will come good.

“He’s a player. He’s a defender’s nightmare,” Minto said.

Olivier Giroud has looked impressive in recent weeks

“If he’s going to play on that left-hand side, Frank Lampard has a decision to make. If they are going to play him on the left and have a big man up front, then you have to accept that he is going to come inside and try to link up with [Olivier] Giroud or [Tammy] Abraham and defensively that is going to leave you open – as we saw against Arsenal.

“Or, you stick him up front – you play him on the last defender, try and bring everybody a little bit short, make the opposition defence compact for a ball over the top or slide passes for his pace.

“In terms of his finishing, he is another one that should have, and this is his fault, another seven or eight goals to his name this season.

“He has got himself, either by good movement or by doing it himself, into some fantastic positions, one-on-one with keepers, and just not been that ice-cold striker you need to be in front of goal. But I have no doubts whatsoever that he will come good.

“I do have a problem with him tactically, in terms of playing left and defending as a team, so is Frank willing to sacrifice having that protection having him on the left-hand side and coming in or are you going to stick him up front?

“I have no doubts he will be a big player for Chelsea over the coming years.”

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Frank Lampard given boost as Thomas Tuchel eyed by potential Barcelona chief

The shadow of Thomas Tuchel has been looming large at Chelsea but the German is now a candidate for the Barcelona job, according to reports.

PSG axed the German last month less than six months after he’d led them to the Champions League Final.

Tuchel’s stock remains high though and he has been linked with the Blues hot seat as they struggle for form.

Bild claimed that Roman Abramovich would’ve considered sacking Lampard had Chelsea lost to Aston Villa last time out.

They were forced to settle for a point meaning it is just one win in five league games for the west Londoners.

Thomas Tuchel is now on the market

Tuchel is thought to be on their radar with the German keen on working in England.

But Bild also understand that the former Borussia Dortmund boss is the preferred candidate of a budding Barcelona president.

Elections for the top job at the Nou Camp are set to take place on January 24 with each individual pitching different ideas to sway the vote their way.

Barcelona’s struggles off the pitch are mirrored by those on it and a trophyless season is on the cards.

Ronald Koeman signed a two-year deal in the summer and a horror showing may lead to him getting the boot.

Chelsea fell to a disappointing defeat at Arsenal last time out
Pressure is mounting on Frank Lampard

That would open the door for Tuchel to take over at the Nou Camp, an opportunity he would be unlikely to turn down.

Former club president Joan Laporta is among several names looking to assume power.

He though has signalled a desire to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp having been the man to appoint him back in 2008.

Major factors in the election are set to be the future of Lionel Messi and the club’s financial situation.

Players were asked to take a pay cut as the Catalans count the cost of the global pandemic.

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Furious Chelsea boss Frank Lampard ‘lost it’ in dressing room at Arsenal

Frank Lampard reportedly lost it in the Chelsea dressing room during the half time break against Arsenal.

Chelsea went into the match at the Emirates on Boxing Day as firm favourites, but were beaten 3-1 by Mikel Arteta’s side.

The Blues were 2-0 down at the break and Lampard, who has at times in recent weeks looked tense and nervous, gave his squad the hairdryer treatement.

According to The Athletic, a source revealed that Lampard “lost is” at the players, who were second best in all areas against a young Arsenal side.

Arsenal extended their advantage in the second half through Bukayo Saka before Tammy Abraham netted a consolation for Chelsea five minutes before the end.


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After the match, Lampard said: “I am angry because I want us to win games.

“We were lazy to give away a penalty, lazy to give away a free-kick that Xhaka puts in the top corner and I am very, very disappointed in the way we approached the first half because some things in football are basics.

“It is not tactics or systems, it is do you want to run, back your team-mate out and sprint? Or do you want to jog and say ‘Maybe I don’t have to run’, and we took that decision instead of the right one.”


On Arsenal, Arteta said: “It is a really special day. It doesn’t get any better – Boxing Day, playing a London derby at the Emirates and winning the way we’ve done it.

“We were really disappointed and frustrated with the results, not so much with the performances, but the results.

“The players were suffering, our fans were suffering and hopefully this is a turning point and will elevate the confidence of the team because I know that they can play at this level.”

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Frank Lampard warned over ‘ugly’ situation at Chelsea amid wretched form

Frank Lampard has been told that his situation at Chelsea could ‘turn ugly’ as form goes downhill.

That is the verdict from ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton, who believes his former side are in crisis.

Chelsea could only manage a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after another flat performance.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring only for Anwar El Ghazi to equalise minutes into the second-half.

And the home side had no reply, managing just three shots on target as they chased all three points.

It is the latest in a string of poor results, which include losses to Arsenal, Wolves and Everton.

Chelsea are struggling at the moment in the Premier League

There has been just one win in six for the west London outfit and Sutton believes that the situation could turn ugly for Lampard.

“At the moment, they are a crisis club because they are underperforming,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“They are flat and that’s why Frank needs to get a few wins under his belt and extremely quickly because it can, as we know, turn ugly at Chelsea.

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“Whether we like it or not, this is a totally different season for Frank.

“The pressure is on; he has spent the big money. Now the pressure will build.

“I don’t want to go too early on Chelsea and Frank because if they win three on the spin, they will be up into second place and we’ll be saying ‘can they win the title again?’ and that’s the way it is.

The pressure is on Lampard, admits Sutton

“But I don’t think Chelsea can win the title. They have to get back to a way of playing where they really find their rhythm.”

Lampard has recognised that this has been a poor stretch of results from Chelsea and has told his stars that this is a critical period of the season.

“This is our tough period at the moment,” he said.

“We have to fight for it and we’ll be stronger for it.

“You want to get results at this point of the year. I could feel the players’ disappointment at the end because they want to win.

“A few weeks ago, people were talking about us as title challengers. Now it’s a difficult period. The new players are going to get better as they come along.”

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GOP pollster Frank Luntz says Trump could cost the party both Georgia Senate seats

President Trump is jeopardizing the Republican Party’s chances of keeping both Senate seats from Georgia by trying to overturn the election results, a top GOP-aligned pollster claims.

Frank Luntz said that it is possible incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue could lose their January 5 runoff elections because Trump’s calling into question the integrity of the vote could depress GOP turnout.

Loeffler and Perdue are running against Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively.

The two races are critical to the Republicans keeping their Senate majority. If they both lose, Democrats would have 50 Senate seats with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as a tie-breaking vote.

Georgia’s two runoff races kicked off in November after Perdue and Loeffler failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day. Early voting has already started for the January 5 election. 

Republican pollster Frank Luntz

President Trump (left) is jeopardizing the Republican Party’s chances of keeping both Senate seats from Georgia by trying to overturn the election results, Frank Luntz (right), a top GOP-aligned pollster, claims

Luntz said that it is possible incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue could lose their January 5 runoff elections because Trump’s calling into question the integrity of the vote could depress GOP turnout. Loeffler (left) and Perdue (center) are seen above alongside the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump (right), at a rally in Milton, Georgia, on Monday

Luntz said that it is possible incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue could lose their January 5 runoff elections because Trump’s calling into question the integrity of the vote could depress GOP turnout. Loeffler (left) and Perdue (center) are seen above alongside the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump (right), at a rally in Milton, Georgia, on Monday 

Trump on Sunday evening tweeted that he plans to travel to Georgia to appear at an election rally on behalf of the two GOP incumbents

Trump on Sunday evening tweeted that he plans to travel to Georgia to appear at an election rally on behalf of the two GOP incumbents

Trump on Sunday evening tweeted that he plans to travel to Georgia to appear at an election rally on behalf of the two GOP incumbents.

‘On behalf of two GREAT Senators, I will be going to Georgia on Monday night, January 4th., to have a big and wonderful RALLY,’ the president tweeted on Sunday.

‘So important for our Country that they win!’

According to Luntz, however, it could be too little, too late given the president’s public campaign that has sowed doubts about the integrity of the vote in the minds of tens of million of his supporters nationwide.

‘I’m afraid and I believe that those two Republicans may well lose on the fifth of January because of what the president is doing right now,’ Luntz told host Howard Kurtz of the Fox News program Media Buzz on Sunday.

Rev. Raphael Warnock

Jon Ossoff

Loeffler and Perdue are running against Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff (right), respectively

‘The media is helping him and this should not be happening, that that election should be waged separately from the ugliness that’s happening here in Washington.’

Since losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden on November 3, Trump has insisted that he in fact is the real winner due to widespread voter fraud in key swing states.

The president and his allies have filed scores of lawsuits in state and federal court alleging voting irregularities, though judges, including those appointed by Trump, ruled those claims had no merit.

Republicans in Congress initially stated their support for Trump’s legal challenges to the election, though more have gradually begun to accept Biden’s victory.

After the Electoral College officially voted for Biden as the winner earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a speech recognizing the president-elect.

Trump was infuriated by McConnell’s remarks as well as those by the second most senior Republican in the Senate, John Thune of South Dakota.

Attorney Lin Wood, pictured, has suggested Georgia's GOP senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue as well as Governor Brian Kemp should be arrested while also urging Republicans not to vote in the state's run-off

Attorney Lin Wood, pictured, has suggested Georgia’s GOP senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue as well as Governor Brian Kemp should be arrested while also urging Republicans not to vote in the state’s run-off

Wood tweeted on Christmas Day, sharing the poster which suggested 'boycotting' the vote to 'break' it and writing: 'I just want an HONEST election. Don't you?'

Wood tweeted on Christmas Day, sharing the poster which suggested ‘boycotting’ the vote to ‘break’ it and writing: ‘I just want an HONEST election. Don’t you?’

Wood, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, tweeted this poster

Wood, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, tweeted this poster

Senator David Perdue, pictured, is taking on Democrat Jon Ossoff. The two races will determine which party controls the Senate — and likely how ambitious President-elect Joe Biden can be with his agenda

Senator Kelly Loeffler, pictured, is facing Raphael Warnock

Perdue, left, is taking on Democrat Jon Ossoff; Loeffler, right, is facing Raphael Warnock. The two races will determine which party controls the Senate — and likely how ambitious President-elect Joe Biden can be with his agenda

When asked about efforts by Congressional Republicans to challenge the election results next week, Thune said that it would ‘go down like a shot dog’ in the Senate.

Thune said last week that efforts led by House Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, to challenge the Electoral College vote are ‘not going anywhere.’

‘I mean, in the Senate, it would … go down like a shot dog,’ Thune told reporters.

‘I just don’t think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.’

The president has taken to Twitter in recent days, lashing out at McConnell, Thune, and other senior Republican senators for not backing his efforts to undo the election results.

Trump has also huddled with advisers, including former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, who reportedly recommended declaring martial law and having the military redo the election in key swing states.

Luntz told Fox News that ‘it feels like this president’s trying to do as much damage as he can, not just to Mitch McConnell, but the Republicans in the House and the Senate, and the press is glad to go along because it will help in the final race of 2020 in Georgia.’

Meanwhile, another Trump ally who has filed lawsuits in court challenging the election results is calling for the arrest of Loeffler, Perdue, and another Republican, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

Attorney Lin Wood said the three should be arrested for election fraud while also urging Republicans not to vote in the state’s run-off.

Wood also suggested that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, pictured, should be arrested

Wood also suggested that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, pictured, should be arrested 

Wood, who has represented Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, has continued to spread baseless claims of election fraud to his followers since Trump's loss in November. He has wrongly suggested that Dominion Voting Systems were rigged. He is pictured with Sidney Powell during a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia on December 2

Wood, who has represented Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, has continued to spread baseless claims of election fraud to his followers since Trump’s loss in November. He has wrongly suggested that Dominion Voting Systems were rigged. He is pictured with Sidney Powell during a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia on December 2

Wood tweeted a poster which read: ‘The Georgia election fraud committed by anti-Trump RINOs Brian Kemp, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue against President Trump and Doug Collins was accomplished using the Dominion Voting Systems Algorithm.

‘The algorithm was never designed for unheard-of levels of GOP non-participation. The algorithm will steal votes from the GOP, but there will be so few in heavily Democratic precincts that GOP vote totals will go negative.’

‘The fraud will be so obvious, SCOTUS can then invalidate the presidential election. Real conservative senators can then be appointed, after Kemp, Perdue and Loeffler’s arrest,’ the poster adds. 

Wood tweeted on Christmas Day, sharing the poster which suggested ‘boycotting’ the vote to ‘break’ it. 

He wrote: ‘I have received much criticism for demanding that GA fix the 11/3 fraud before we vote in 1/5 runoff. In full disclosure, I am not a fan of any of the 4 candidates in Senate runoff. Communists or China compromised in my opinion.

‘I just want an HONEST election. Don’t you?’ 

Wood, who has represented Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, has continued to spread baseless claims of election fraud to his followers since Trump’s loss in November. 

He has wrongly suggested that Dominion Voting Systems were rigged.     

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Frank Lampard challenges Tammy Abraham as he details Chelsea striker’s progress

Frank Lampard has hailed Tammy Abraham’s promising Premier League goal record at Chelsea – and challenged him to push for more.

Abraham became Chelsea’s second-youngest player to hit 20 Premier League goals, behind only Eden Hazard, with his brace in Monday’s 3-0 victory over West Ham.

Abraham now boasts 20 goals in 47 Premier League appearances, with five strikes so far this term.

And boss Lampard hailed the homegrown striker for continuing to blossom, even amid the pressures of wearing Chelsea’s coveted number nine shirt.

“I’m very pleased with his form, and Tammy offers a lot,” said Lampard.

“We saw that the other night against West Ham and we’ve seen that this season whenever he’s played.

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham celebrates scoring vs West Ham

“Tammy and Olivier Giroud have offered us a lot in their own way at different times.

“Now he just has to keep working and keep progressing.

“Last season was a great, real breakthrough season for him in terms of Premier League and being Chelsea’s number nine, and there’s more work he can do.

“I’m very happy with him.”

The England striker is fighting for his place this season

Chelsea will take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day before hosting Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 28.

Two quickfire fixtures will require boss Lampard to rotate his resources, leaving him more concerned than usual over the fitness of his injury doubts.

Ben Chilwell’s ankle issue and Reece James’ knee concern will require late checks, while Hakim Ziyech has still not beaten his hamstring injury.

“Hakim won’t be fit for Arsenal but he’s not a long-term concern,” Lampard said.

“In fact we hope to have him back in the next week or so, and have him offering what he was offering before – because he was offering great things, and you miss that when he’s taken away.

“But that’s football, that’s the squad, that’s what happens when players are playing at a very high level every two or three days.”

Chelsea will head to north London to take on an Arsenal side far removed from that which dismissed Lampard’s men to lift the FA Cup in August.

Boss Mikel Arteta is battling to save his job, with the club languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League table.

Refusing to engage on Arsenal’s treacherous position and whether they are in a relegation battle, Lampard said: “I don’t want to talk about what their battle is, they’re just a good team with a good manager.

“They’ve had some tough results recently but the general way of the Premier League this season for every team it’s been more inconsistent than it’s been in probably previous seasons for most teams.

“It’s not my concern exactly where they are at, my concern is the team at face value, in terms of quality, and they are a high-quality team.

“We have to prepare to take on the best possible Arsenal.”

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Knicks tried to stay away from Frank Ntilikina in revealing move

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau went into the season-opening contest versus the Pacers with no intentions of playing either point guards, Frank Ntilikina or Dennis Smith Jr.

The two 2017 lottery picks did not get their rookie contract extensions at Monday’s deadline and tellingly neither made Thibodeau’s 10-man rotation.

Even after backup point guard Immanuel Quickley went down late in the second quarter with a hip pointer, the Knicks coach tried to make do without them.

During the third quarter, when starting point guard Elfrid Payton picked up his third foul, Thibodeau tried a backcourt of Alec Burks and RJ Barrett instead of turning to Ntilikina or Smith.

That slowed the offense to a crawl and was a further indicator how the Frenchman and the former North Carolina State guard need to earn Thibodeau’s trust.

Asked why he went without a point guard, Thibodeau said, “Alec, in the past has played the point, had a big first half. We wanted to keep as much shooting on the floor as we can to try to create the opportunities that we’re looking for factored into it. It’s something that we obviously wanted to get a look at it. I think the more we do it the better it will get.”

It didn’t work, as the Pacers extended their lead to 88-82 after three quarters. Desperate, Thibodeau turned to Ntilikina to start the fourth and the 22-year-old didn’t take advantage as the Pacers ran away with it.

Frank Ntilikina drives to the basket during tonight's loss.
Frank Ntilikina drives to the basket during tonight’s loss.
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Ntilikina played five minutes, missed badly on both of his shot attempts and was a minus-5.

Before the contest, Ntilikina was uncertain if he had cracked the 10-man rotation. He had missed the final two preseason games with Achilles soreness.

“It’s going to be coach’s decision,” Ntilikina said after the morning shootaround. “As players we just have to be ready to jump on the court when they call us. The options we have, we have a lot of talented guards. That means a lot of options for coach.

“We’re going to be a talented team. Right now that question is more for coach to figure out what he’s going to do. My job is to be ready for each and every game.”

Monday’s deadline passed without Ntilikina, 22, getting a rookie contract extension — which was expected. Ntilikina said he never had discussions about it and he will, as previously reported, become a restricted free agent in 2021.

Hence, his future remains murky and a trade-deadline deal has to be a consideration if he’s not squarely in the rotation. Of course, the Knicks could add him to a package for a star as well.


Kevin Knox’s season got off to a slow start. He scored four points in 18 minutes and missed his first three shots.


Thibodeau went with a starting unit of Payton, Reggie Bullock, Barrett, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson. … The Knicks came out on fire from the 3-point line and finished 12 of 28 (42 percent). Barrett was 3 for 3 after struggling all last season and in preseason from deep.

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Frank Lampard admits to “tension” in Chelsea squad after back-to-back losses

Chelsea returned to winning ways against West Ham following successive losses with Frank Lampard admitting there had been “tension” leading up to their success at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues lost recent games at Everton and Wolves to fall down the table.

Heavy investment was made which saw expectations heighten in west London although Lampard has been keen to play them down in light of their recent defeats.

The 40-year-old concedes it is on him to control the mood within the camp but has cited the unique nature of the season as a huge challenge.

He told Sky Sports : “The game was hard and we started really well but for a period in the second half we did not get much of the ball.

Frank Lampard has had to rally his squad

“You are delighted when you get the second and third goals, West Ham can hurt you.

“The season is looking different to every other season, for whatever reason. It is hard for a club with the expectation and squad we have.

“You get a few challenges when you lose a couple of games and I have to be the one to drive it, there was a bit of tension going into the game.

“We showed graft without being beautiful it was a good result.”

Lampard also defended his decision to start Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner ahead of Olivier Giroud.

The Frenchman has been far more prolific recently that Chelsea’s other forward options.

Olivier Giroud was left out despite his impressive form

But the Blues boss insists the World Cup winner was left out based on the type of game the Hammers would pose.

“Olivier Giroud has been playing well and scoring goals,” he added.

“You have to look at the opposition and they have different attributes.

“We did not know whether they would play a back three or four and with Tammy Abraham’s natural ability to move in behind it would have suited us better today.

“We judged it on the oppostion and Tammy came up trumps, Oli produces whenever he plays.”

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Frank Gore refused to let Jets lose

Adam Gase has stuck with Frank Gore time and time again through a trying Jets season.

The 37-year-old running back rewarded him Sunday, coming through in the clutch to make sure the Jets avoided 0-16.

Gore helped the Jets seal their first win of the season with his only catch of the game on a third down just before the two-minute warning that allowed them to run out the rest of the clock for a 23-20 victory over the Rams.

“Good thing we had a Hall of Fame running back in there that seems to make plays at the right time,” Gase said.

Gore finished with 23 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown, getting tough yards late on the Jets’ final drive before they entered foreign territory: victory formation. The play that secured the win came on third-and-6, when a pressured Sam Darnold found Gore waving his hands across the middle. The veteran caught the pass and fell backwards for the first down.

Without any timeouts left, the Rams had no way to stop the Jets from finding the win column.

“Before the play, I just told Sam, ‘Watch me over the middle,’ ” Gore said. “[Rams linebacker Troy Reeder] ran and Sam looked and I was open. I wanted to make sure I caught the ball and secured the win.”

Gore had been vocal earlier in the season about not wanting to have his name attached to an 0-16 season. Sunday, in Week 15, he finally made sure himself that stigma wouldn’t be attached to his accomplished career.

“I’m happy,” Gore said. “I had good years, I had bad years, I had tough years, like this has been a tough one. One thing I can say: I never went 0-16. We finally got one. I’m happy. I’m happy that [general manager Joe Douglas], Adam gave me an opportunity to play another year. To be here with these young guys, man, even though I know the year ain’t go how I planned it, but we’ve been fighting as a team. We’re steady going and we’re getting better.”

Gase has received criticism for sticking with Gore despite having younger running backs on the roster. It was amplified recently when Ty Johnson and Josh Adams helped the Jets have their best rushing game of the year against the Raiders after Gore left with a concussion.

But Gore got another heavy workload on Sunday and held up his end of the bargain. He found the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal midway through the third quarter, following behind big left tackle Mekhi Becton to get in for the 20-3 lead.

“I’m going to enjoy this today,” Gore said,” and have a good Christmas.”