Lampard’s departure comes less than 24 hours after the Blues’ FA Cup victory over Luton Town.
Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 25, 2021
Lampard took the job in the summer of 2019, on the back of a single season’s experience as a manager at the Championship team Derby County. In his first year at Chelsea, he guided the club to a creditable fourth-place finish in the Premier League.
The 42-year-old has been under severe pressure following a run of five defeats in their last eight games in the Premier League with the Blues down in ninth place.
Since Lampard’s dismissal, behind the scenes details have emerged, and according to The Atheltic, trouble has been brewing at Stamford Bridge for some time.
The report states that there was tension between Lampard and the Chelsea hierarchy, particularly director Marina Granovskaia, who effectively runs the club for Roman Abramovich.
Here’s a look at five key results leading to Lampard Departure:-
1. Chelsea 1 Manchester City 3, Sunday, January 3, 2021
2. Arsenal 3 Chelsea 1, Saturday, December 26, 2020
3. Everton 1 Chelsea 0, December 12, 2020
4. Wolves 2 Chelsea 1, December 15, 2020
5. Bayern Munich 4 Chelsea 1, August 8, 2020 (Champions League)
“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,” owner Roman Abramovich said. “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 is reportedly the overwhelming favourite to replace Lampard.