Chelsea Has Sacked Frank Lampard

Chelsea Fc has  sacked  their head Coach,Frank Lampard following a dismal slump in form that sees them sit ninth in the Premier League table.

The players were told not to come to the training ground until Monday afternoon as Lampard becomes the 10th manager sacked during the Roman Abramovich era.

Abramovich, speaking publicly in a statement sacking a manager for the first time, described Lampard as a ‘man of great integrity’ in the statement confirming his dismissal but added: ‘Under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers’ with the club in mid-table.

Sunday’s win over Luton Town to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup hasn’t proved enough to save the former midfielder from the chop. The Blues had a torrid run of five losses in eight league games.

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is set to replace Lampard with a potential unveiling within 24 hours.

It will mean another pay-off for owner Roman Abramovich with Lampard earning £4million a year.  His contract ran until 2022.

Club legend Lampard becomes the 10th manager sacked during the Roman Abramovich eraFrank Lampard With Club Owner Roman Abramovic.

The club statement confirming the sacking read: ‘This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the board have taken lightly.

‘We are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as head coach of the club.

‘However, recent results and performances have not met the club’s expectations, leaving the club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.

‘There can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend such as Frank, but after lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the club time to improve performances and results this season.’

Abramovich said: ‘This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.

‘He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.

‘On behalf of everyone at the club, the board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as head coach and wish him every success in the future.

‘He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.’

Sportsmail understands the Chelsea players are due in at their Cobham training base on Monday afternoon but haven’t been briefed about the new manager yet.

A dreadful run of league form has seen the Blues lose five of their last eight Premier League matches, leaving them well out of the title picture.

Lampard’s relationship with direct Director Marina Granovskaia had deteriorated one bone of contention the manager’s treatment of £72m goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was dropped for Edouard Mendy following a series of high-profile errors.

There were also reservations in the boardroom over Lampard’s desire to sign former academy player Declan Rice from West Ham. The club didn’t want the embarrassment of buying back a player they had released as a teenager at huge expense.

The Athletic also reported that senior players such as Kepa has issues with how Lampard approached games. It is claimed Blues stars were told to ‘go out and express themselves’ rather than take to the pitch with clear instructions or direction.

There was also a feeling within the squad that Lampard didn’t adapt quickly enough within games if his plan failed to work.

Chelsea’s Club Statement:

This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the board have taken lightly.

We are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as head coach of the club.

However, recent results and performances have not met the club’s expectations, leaving the club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.

There can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend such as Frank, but after lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the club time to improve performances and results this season.

Roman Abramovich said: ‘This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him’.

‘He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.

‘On behalf of everyone at the club, the board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as head coach and wish him every success in the future.

‘He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.’

The club will be making no further comment until such time as a new head coach is appointed.

Talks with Tuchel, who is a free agent following his sacking at PSG in late December, are underway with the German emerging as a prime contender to replace Lampard.

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann has admirers in the Blues boardroom, but there are concerns over whether he would leave his current employers mid-season.

That would pave the way for Tuchel to be appointed now and he could be in charge for their home game against Wolves on Wednesday night.

Chelsea have been warned off Tuchel, 47, in the past after run-ins with previous employers Borussia Dortmund and PSG but that doesn’t seem to be a factor now.

Chelsea started to think about replacing Lampard when Tuchel left PSG but feel they missed an opportunity with ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, now at PSG.

The sacking came after Lampard said the win over Luton on Sunday would ‘bring a nice air of positivity’ to the club.

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He said: ‘People will look very close at the moment but I need to see a bigger picture. This was an important result because it brings a nice air of positivity to the club. We want to win more points in league. That’s where we are at.

‘It’s nice for us in the short term, the scrutiny on a club like this is normal. When you’re off it slightly the only focus should be on changing the form. We just go again.’

Lampard was only 18 months into his time as Chelsea manager. He steered them to a fourth-placed finish last season and also to the final of the FA Cup.

But despite massive investment of £230million in new players, they have been unable to mount a challenge at the top of the table.

The current season started promisingly enough, with Chelsea embarking on a 14-match unbeaten run through the autumn and making progress through their Champions League group.

But a 1-0 defeat at Everton on December 12 marked the start of a dismal league run that included losses to Wolves, Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester to all but end their title chances.

Lampard’s iconic status from his playing days means his sacking will split opinion among the Chelsea fanbase. There was a banner in support of the former midfielder hung from the upper tier of the Shed on Sunday.

When asked about the banner after Sunday’s game, an emotional Lampard said: ‘I’m very thankful for the support and it’s great to see it at the Bridge.

‘I feel it very strongly and I know the modern world has moved on, social media and eyes comes from all parts of the world.

‘One thing that I do know is that when I’m at the Bridge, I’m at a club that I love and that has always shown me huge support as a player and now as a manager.

‘So I appreciate it very much. All I want to do is repay that by being successful at the club.’

Chelsea have back-to-back home matches this week against Wolves and then Burnley to try to improve their form.

They will travel to Barnsley in the FA Cup fifth round and have been paired with Atletico Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League.

Lampard is the 10th manager to be sacked since Abramovich’s takeover in 2003, joining Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho (twice), Avram Grant, Luis Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo and Antonio Conte.

News of Lampard’s sacking was met with disgust by Chelsea fans and football pundits.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker wrote on Twitter: ‘Utterly ludicrous after his first bad run. It was always going to need time given so many new signings feeling their way into a new club. Patience being a virtue is seldom recognised in this sport. They never learn.’

All Time 14 Managers Who Have Worked For Roman Abramovich At Chelsea.

Claudio Ranieri  -Sacked

Jose Mourinho -Sacked

Avram Grant -Sacked

Filipe Scolari -Sacked

Neil Wilkins Temporary

Gus Hiddink -Temporary

Carlo Ancelotti -Sacked

Andre Villas-Boas- Sacked

Roberto Di Matteo -Sacked

Rafeal Benitez – Temporary

Jose Mourinho -Sacked

Holland -Temporary

Gus Hiddink- Temporary

Antonio Conte -Sacked

Maurizio Sarri -Left

Frank Lampard -Sacked

 

 

 

 

 

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