Chelsea have sacked manager Frank Lampard despite Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Luton Town.
Roman Abramovich said in a statement on the club website: “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.”
The Blues advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup as Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick against Championship Luton this weekend, but Lampard was ultimately judged on Chelsea’s Premier League form.
Leicester heaped on the pressure with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea last week – their fifth defeat in eight top flight fixtures.
It leaves them 11 points off leaders Manchester United in the table and facing a scramble to qualify for next season’s Champions League. That certainly was not the plan when Chelsea spent north of £200million in the summer as they sought to build on an impressive first season under Lampard (below).
Abramovich added: “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.”
At 4/9, former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is favourite for the permanent Chelsea job should Roman Abramovich wield the axe.
The report claims the board are hopeful such an appointment would encourage German internationals Kai Havertz and Timo Werner to flourish at Stamford Bridge, while the success of former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp in recent years has elevated the reputation of the Bundesliga, and consequently that of those following in Klopp’s footsteps in the the German league.
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