Chelsea sacked coach Frank Lampard after 18 months, the club said in a statement. Thomas Tuchel would be on the way to succeed him.
Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard. The former Blues midfielder is leaving the club halfway through his second season in charge, with former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel due to replace him soon.
In a rare public statement, owner Roman Abramovich explained the decision via a statement posted on the club’s social media.
“It was a very difficult decision for the Club, especially because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and have the greatest respect for him”, did he declare.
“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest work ethic. However, under the current circumstances, we think it is better to change managers ”, he added.
Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard.
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 25, 2021
Since the start of the season, Hakim Ziyech’s Blues have suffered five losses in their last eight league games, as many as they had in their previous 23.
Tuchel, who is expected to be announced soon as the club’s new coach, was sacked by PSG in December.
The German has won two Ligue 1 titles with the French side, which he joined in May 2018, as well as a Coupe de France and a Coupe de la Ligue. He also guided PSG to the Champions League final last season, won by Bayern Munich.
Currently, Chelsea sit ninth in the Premier League with 29 points, 11 behind leaders Manchester United, having played 19 top-level games so far this quarter.