Chelsea fire head coach Frank Lampard
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Newcastle United v Chelsea – St James’ Park, Newcastle, Britain – January 18, 2020 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reacts [Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith]

Chelsea Football Club has parted company with head coach Frank Lampard.

In a statement released by the club on Monday, 25 January, Chelsea thanked Lampard for his service noting the decline in impressive results over the past few months.

“This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the Board have taken lightly.

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,” Chelsea said.

Chelsea fire head coach Frank Lampard
Soccer Football – Premier League – Arsenal v Chelsea – Emirates Stadium, London, Britain – December 26, 2020, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard [Pool via REUTERS/Julian Finney]

Club Owner Roman Abramovic described firing Lampard as a tough decision”, insisting they still share a good relationship with the former Blue man.
“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.”

Chelsea have lost five games out of their last eight Premier League games and are languishing in ninth of the log, a position the Chelsea board never hoped for considering the amount of cash Lampard spent in the summer transfer window.

Former Paris St Germain boss, Thomas Tuchel is rumoured to be the next person to take charge at Stamford Bridge.

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