Less than 24 hours after a FA Cup victory over Luton that has seen Chelsea qualify for the next round, reports have emerged on Monday that Frank Lampard has been sacked by Roman Abramovich with the former PSG manager Thomas Tuchel set to replace him.
Having spent more than £200 million last summer on players including Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, Frank Lampard’s spell as Chelsea coach came to an end after a disappointing run of results that has seen the club drift away from a Champions League spot.
Lampard, a former Chelsea player appointed as manager in July 2019 is only midway through a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge but a poor run of form has seen Chelsea slip to ninth on the Premier League table.
A statement confirming this development revealed; Chelsea is “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.”
Owner Roman Abramovich added: “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.
“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.”
The new man set to replace Lampard is Thomas Tuchel who won the Ligue 1 title twice during his time in the French capital and guided PSG to their first Champions League final.
The German, who was sacked just a month ago, had previously managed Borussia Dortmund for two seasons and won the Germany Cup in 2017.