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Frank Lampard was sacked from his position as manager of Chelsea giants.
Frank Lampard was fired by Chelsea in the middle of his second season in leadership – after he was unable to replicate his success as the club’s record goalscorer in his first coaching job in the Premier League.
Chelsea have lost five of their last eight Premier League matches and are down to ninth, despite Lampard benefiting from the nearly $ 300 million he spent on new players this season.
Chelsea said the performance “fell short of expectations” and left the team “without any clear path of continuous improvement” – making a change of coaches necessary with the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, former PSG coach.
Reflecting Lampard’s standing in West London club, it was announced that he was fired after 18 months in the position in a rare statement by owner Roman Abramovich.
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“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,” said Abramovich. “He is a man of great integrity and of the highest degree of work ethic. However, under the current circumstances we believe. It is better to change managers.
“On behalf of everyone in 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 symbol of this great club and his standing here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed at Stamford Bridge.”
Lampard leaves the lowest number of points in a match among 12 managers since Abramovi bought the club in 2003.
With the pressure mounting, cracks were appearing ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup win over Lawton, when Lampard criticized the team’s perceived negative coverage.
But his flaws in his coaching career have been revealed, and his affection is little reckoned despite being effective in reviving the trophy-packed club as a player since Abramovi seized power.
Chelsea brought back his impressive midfield as a coach in 2019 despite only having one season’s management experience in the second tier with Derby.
He qualified for the Champions League in his first season by securing fourth place in the Premier League. The rush to disqualify Lampard denotes Abramovi’s impatience, especially as the team moves away from the Champions League spots.
Getting the best of the team’s expensive build-up proved to outpace Lampard – and especially German striker Timo Werner, the main signature on the summer transfer window. Since November 14, the only goal he has scored in all competitions for Chelsea has been a victory over fourth-tier club Morecambe in the FA Cup, and missed a penalty kick against another team from the lower league – Lawton.
After securing one of the biggest jobs in English management very early in his coaching career, Lampard left Stamford Bridge without any success after losing the 2020 FA Cup Final to Arsenal.
Lampard is one of Chelsea’s greatest goals having scored 211 goals from midfield from 2001 to 2014, during which he won every major club honor, including three Premier League and Champions League titles. He was associated with some of the best moments in the club’s history and admired his work ethic and making the most of his talent.
Next in bunker at Stamford Bridge is slated to be Tuchel. It would be a quick return to the German coaching less than a month after he was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain after a power struggle with the Qatari monarchy.
Tuchel is only five years old than Lampard, but he is more experienced in coaching after he was forced to retire at 24 due to injury.