Chelsea have sacked Frank Lampard, with the previous Borussia Dortmund and PSG supervisor Thomas Tuchel set to replace the previous Chelsea participant at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was appointed as supervisor in July 2019 and spent greater than £200m final summer season on gamers together with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. His spell, nonetheless, got here to an finish after a disappointing run of outcomes left them off the tempo within the struggle to qualify for the Champions League.
Chelsea mentioned in a press release: “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.”
A 14-game unbeaten run throughout two months from early October prompted discuss of a title problem however Chelsea’s fortunes have dipped markedly and a 2-0 defeat at Leicester on Tuesday was recent proof of their incapacity to beat the Premier League’s most completed sides.
Chelsea beat Luton 3-1 within the FA Cup fourth spherical on Sunday however it was not sufficient to save Lampard’s job with qualification for the Champions League a key precedence. Chelsea are ninth within the league, 5 factors behind fourth-placed Liverpool. Defeats by Arsenal on Boxing Day and Manchester City on 3 January led to severe doubts over Lampard’s future and the proprietor, Roman Abramovich, has now determined to act.
The Chelsea proprietor, Roman Abramovich, mentioned: “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.”
Tuchel, in the meantime, was sacked by PSG on 24 December after two-and-a-half seasons in cost, successful the league twice and taking the workforce to the 2020 Champions League closing, where they lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich. Before that he managed Borussia Dortmund for 2 seasons, successful the Germany Cup in 2017, three days earlier than being sacked after falling out with the board.