After a string of five defeats from eight Premier League matches, Chelsea has sacked head coach Frank Lampard.
Owner Roman Abramovich characterized the decision as “very difficult” and conceded that it was a move that the club did not take lightly, with the understanding of the PA news agency that Thomas Tuchel is expected to replace the 42-year-old.
On Sunday, Lampard led the Blues into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over Luton, but after £ 220 million was spent on new acquisitions in the summer transfer window, he paid the price for a bad run in the league.
“This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an outstanding personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” Abramovich said.
He is a man of immense honesty with the highest ethic of work. Nevertheless, under current conditions, we agree it is better to change managers.
Just a month ago, when he left Paris St Germain, Tuchel became available, less than five months after taking them to the final of the Champions League, which they lost to Bayern Munich.
The 47-year-old won back-to-back PSG league titles, but it was not enough to please the ambitious owners of the club, who were replaced by Mauricio Pochettino.
Tuchel impressed at Borussia Dortmund before PSG, having begun his management career with Augsburg and then Mainz.