Chelsea Football club have sacked head coach Frank Lampard after just 18 months in charge at the Stamford Bridge with former Borussia Dortmund and PSG boss Thomas Tuchel replacing him.
Lampard, 42, was appointed on a three-year contract when replacing Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge in July 2019.
On his first season in charge, Lampard steered the club to a fourth place finish and an FA Cup final.
Fortunes have changed fast for Lampard at Chelsea. Just in December, a 3-1 win against Leeds moved the Stamford Bridge outfit to the summit of the Premier League table.
However, the Blues performance has worsened suffering five defeats in their past eight league games. Not even a 2-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday was enough to keep Lampard in his job.
A club legend by his own rights, Lampard leaves the club sitting ninth in the Premier League table after last week’s defeat at Leicester City, having won once in their past five league matches.
His summer signing and support by owner Roman Abramovich in the transfer market spent over £200m on seven new signings, including big-money transfer for Kai Havertz.
Though, after a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions this season, Chelsea’s form has dropped greatly. Since December, they have lost away to Everton, Wolves, Arsenal and Leicester and were also beaten 3-1 at home by Manchester City.
In a statement, Chelsea said: “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.”
The Blues owner Roman Abramovich said Lampard’s status as an “important icon” of the club “remains undiminished” despite his dismissal.
“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,” said Abramovich.
“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.” Abramovich was quoted.
The Club further added that it will not be making any comment until a new Head Coach is appointed.