Frank Lampard: Chelsea sack manager with Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him
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Frank Lampard: Chelsea sack manager with Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him

“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.”

“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,” said Abramovich.

“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.”

Chelsea’s past eight Premier League results
12 DecemberEverton 1-0 ChelseaL
15 DecemberWolves 2-1 ChelseaL
21 DecemberChelsea 3-0 West HamW
26 DecemberArsenal 3-1 ChelseaL
28 DecemberChelsea 1-1 Aston VillaD
3 JanuaryChelsea 1-3 Man CityL
16 JanuaryFulham 0-1 ChelseaW
19 JanuaryLeicester 2-0 Chelsea

West Ham boss David Moyes: “I’m disappointed for Frank as I saw him as one of the most up and coming young English managers in the country.

“It’s a big thing we try to encourage our own British managers into the big leagues, if we can. I’m sure he’ll come back and learn from it.

“He did a great job last year – he did a really good job with so many youngsters coming through the academy. It seemed a little bit harder for him this year. I’m sure he’ll take time off, come back and get better.”

“Looking at the squad and how young they are, they need time. He hasn’t been given that time. I really feel for him. He did great at Derby.

“He had the courage to step out of an amazing career and could have taken an easier route. It was a job he couldn’t turn down, even though he didn’t have a lot of experience.

“Results haven’t been what he would have wanted, but I feel it’s a job that needed time.”

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “It saddens me. I thought he did an excellent job last season. I was rather hoping that the idol of the fans and Chelsea legend that he is, he’d get a longer shot than 18 months.

“Managers who have had short stays at Chelsea have gone on to have good careers elsewhere. When you’re sacked for the first time, it is a devastating blow. There’s no doubt he has a pedigree to be a very good manager.”

Scott G: Been a Chelsea fan since Nevin, Speedie and Dixon and admit I’ve enjoyed all the success money has brought us over the last 20 years. However, there’s a sadness about that decision. Some things money can’t buy. #SuperFrank

Fil Harris: Isn’t the whole point of appointing a younger manager to give him time to build and develop? Craziness from Chelsea to sack Lampard after such a short time.

Simon Kirk: Been a Chelsea fan since 1969 and have never been so annoyed at a sacking of a Chelsea manager. He needed at least another 18 months. Shame on you Abramovich and the Chelsea board for supporting such a decision.

Ryan Howard: I find it such a weird sacking – a month or so ago Chelsea were in a nice groove, Zouma and Silva were scoring and keeping clean sheets, now after one bad run he gets sacked. Chelsea could be a world-class club if they just gave a manager proper time to build a team.

Peter Josi: Chelsea are totally right to sack Lampard, he lacked the experience or coaching prowess to lead the side. The next phase should start with an investigation into our transfer policy and how our last two record signings turned out to be flops.

Thomas Wilson: Why are people surprised Lampard was sacked? Chelsea have been ruthlessly successful for 15 years. They are not going to suddenly resort to being generously unsuccessful because of a club legend being at the helm.

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