Frank Lampard was sacked as manager of Chelsea, the club reported on Monday. Thomas Tuchel, the former Paris Saint-Germain boss, is in line to take over, reports said. With the club ninth in the Premier League table, 11 points behind Manchester United champions, the 42-year-old is leaving Stamford Bridge. A Tammy Abraham hat-trick helped the Blues advance into the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Luton. But it wasn’t enough to save the Chelsea player’s former work.
The declaration read, “Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard,”
“This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the Board have taken lightly,” it said.
“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.”
“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,” he said.
“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,” concluded Abramovich.
In 2019, Chelsea’s record goalscorer signed a three-year contract and guided them to the FA Cup final and a fourth-place finish in his first managerial campaign at Stamford Bridge, amid a transfer ban.
The arrivals of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner have struggled to translate into better results with cash to spend ahead of this season.