Frank Lampard was sacked as Chelsea boss on Monday, January 25, with former Paris St Germain boss Thomas Tuchel set to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard, a Chelsea legend, took over from Italian Maurizio Sarri in July 2019 and guided the club to a top-four finish in his first season, while the club steered their way through a transfer ban.
Chelsea then went on a summer spending spree, acquiring top talent from all over Europe including bringing German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, English left-back Ben Chilwell, Morrocan Hakim Ziyech, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Brazilian defender Thiago Silva on a free.
These players, however, failed to deliver, leaving languishing in ninth place in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.
Lampard, who felt disappointed after the sacking, had this to say; “It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.
“Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months I hope they know what that means to me. When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult lime for the football club.
“I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club. I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring them to the next level.
“I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, the players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times. I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”
Chelsea thanked Lampard for his services on Monday, 25 January, 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.