Frank Lampard oversaw his last game as Chelsea manager, with the club sacking him after just a season and a half at the helm.
After spending nearly $ 300 million on transfers during the offseason, Lampard has come under increasing pressure in a disappointing season that saw his team drop as low as eighth on the EPL scale.
According to The telegraph, Chelsea players have been told not to show up at the club’s training ground until Sunday afternoon, with the belief that Lampard would be sacked less than 24 hours after the club’s FA Cup win over Luton Town.
Chelsea have yet to confirm who will be Lampard’s replacement, former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain coach Thomas Tuchel who is expected to be the next coach.
Notoriously impatient owner Roman Abramovich admitted the decision to part ways with Lampard was “very difficult”.
“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,” he said in a club statement confirming the decision. .
“He is a man of great integrity and one with the highest work ethic. However, under the current circumstances, we believe it is better to change managers.
“On behalf of everyone at the Club, on 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 its status here remains intact. It will always be warmly welcomed at Stamford Bridge. “
The astonishing move comes after Lampard himself admitted he was under pressure to keep his job in recent weeks.
“It intensified for me some time ago,” he said after the team’s recent 2-0 loss to Leicester City. “Because the expectations of this club, whether good or bad, are always high.
“I know we’re in a different position with our team – if you look at our team today and the age of our team and look at the makeup of our team, it’s a mix of a young team, a lot of players, something new I keep talking about transition, but when you play like that, it’s normal for people to ask questions. “
When asked if he was convinced that Russian club owner Abramovich would be patient with him, Lampard said: “It’s not my decision. It’s something that will always be here.
“When I got into this job, the management job, you understand that some things are beyond your control.”