#ChelseaFC: Frank Lampard has been sacked as Chelsea manager, the club announced. Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich said: “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.
Tuchel is expected to be appointed as the Chelsea new boss, according to Sky Germany. Frank Lampard will be sacked by Chelsea following the Blues’ wretched run of form, with Thomas Tuchel set to take over.
The Londoners have lost five out of their last eight Premier League games to leave them ninth in the top flight and five points off the top four.
The Stamford Bridge hierarchy are in advanced negotiations with Tuchel to take over as they look to get back into contention to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
According to goal.com
The Blues had already reached out to Lampard’s replacement in-waiting, Thomas Tuchel, ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup win over Luton Town, with last week’s 2-0 loss at Leicester City the final straw for Abramovich.
“Performances have not met the club’s expectations, leaving the club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement,” read Chelsea’s official statement following the decision from the Blues’ Russian owner, director Marina Granovskaia and technical and performance director Petr Cech to sever ties with Lampard.
They did not buy the ex-England midfielder’s argument that he needed time to blend his inexperienced squad together with the club’s expensive summer signings, with Lampard having recorded the lowest points-per-game total (1.67) of any Chelsea boss in the Abramovich era.
It is the failure to get the best out of those new arrivals that Lampard’s tenure will likely be remembered for, with Germany duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz having particularly struggled since arriving in west London.
The pair were brought in as part of a £220 million ($275m) summer splurge as Chelsea spent more than any other club during pre-season, but neither has been able to replicate their form from the Bundesliga as Lampard battled to find the roles best suited to them in his preferred 4-3-3 formation.