Lampard walks away with the lowest points per game record for a dozen coaches since 2003.
Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea, halfway through his second season at the helm, after being unable to replicate his success as the club’s record scorer in his first Premier League managerial job.
Chelsea have lost five of their last eight Premier League games and dropped to ninth place, despite Lampard having benefited from nearly $ 300million spent on new players for this season.
Chelsea said on Monday that the performance had “fallen short of expectations” and left the team “without any clear path to lasting improvement” – necessitating a change of manager with former Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel to be hired.
The dismissal was announced in a rare statement from owner Roman Abramovich.
“It was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have a great personal relationship with Frank and have the utmost respect for him,” said owner Roman Abramovich. “He is a man of great integrity and has the highest work ethic. However, under the current circumstances, we believe it is better to change managers.
“On behalf of all club members, the board and personally, I want 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 intact. He will always be warmly welcomed at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard walks away with the lowest points-per-game record for a dozen coaches since Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
As the pressure mounted, the cracks began to appear ahead of the FA Cup win over Luton this weekend, when Lampard criticized the team’s perceived negative coverage.
But his own shortcomings as a fledgling coach were revealed and sentimentality counted for little, though he had been instrumental in the club’s trophy-laden renaissance as a player since Abramovich took over.
Chelsea brought back their excellent midfielder as a coach in 2019 when he only had one season of Second Division management experience with Derby.
He secured Champions League qualification in his debut season securing a fourth place in the Premier League. The rush to fire Lampard is indicative of the impatience shown by Abramovich, especially as the team slip away from Champions League places.
Having secured one of England’s biggest managerial positions so early in his coaching career, Lampard leaves Stamford Bridge unsuccessfully, having lost the 2020 FA Cup final to Arsenal.
Lampard is a great Chelsea having scored 211 central midfielder goals from 2001 to 2014, in which he won all of the club’s major honors, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League. He has been associated with some of the best moments in the club’s history and admired for his work ethic and for making the most of his talent.
Next in the outrigger canoe from Stamford Bridge is expected to be Tuchel, German sports channel Sky first reported.
It would be a quick return to training for the German less than a month after being sacked by PSG following a power struggle with Qatari ownership.
Tuchel is only five years older than Lampard but much more experienced in training, having been forced to retire from the game at 24 due to injury.
Tuchel made a name for himself in Germany showing his confidence in young players during a five-year stint with Mainz. In 2009 he was promoted to head of Mainz’s first team after only a year as youth leader, and quickly promoted young talent.
He only lasted two years at Borussia Dortmund before being sacked despite winning the German Cup after falling out with officials – as he would at PSG.