Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich has explained why the club took the difficult decision to part ways with Chelsea’s legend and head coach Frank Lampard.
Abramovich explained that it was a very difficult decision for him and Chelsea’s board to make, but the current circumstances surrounding Lampard’s poor performances made them feel a new manager is needed.
However, he thanked Frank Lampard for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future saying that his status at Chelsea Football Club remains undiminished.
In his words;
“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,” 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 welcome back at Stamford Bridge.”
The Daily Telegraph broke the Lampard news on Monday morning, with several other outlets following suit.
MackenzieSkyBlog understands that the decision was taken after Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City. The former Derby boss was given a chance after a 3-1 defeat to Man City, but defeat to Leicester was the final straw.
Lampard had managed to guide Chelsea back to winning ways on Sunday in the FA Cup against Luton. But it has been their league form that has concerned Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia at Stamford Bridge.
The club has reportedly contacted former Dortmund and PSG head coach, Thomas Tuchel who won the French league twice and led PSG to their first Champions League finals but failed to lift the cup as they were beaten by Bayern Munich 0-1.