Frank Lampard’s time in charge of Chelsea came to an end yesterday, after 18 months in charge of the club he grew up representing as a player.
It was hardly the most surprising revelation, given the club’s poor run of form and their tendency to not exactly hang around when things don’t go according to plan.
Despite still being in both the Champions League and FA Cup, Chelsea sit ninth in the league following a summer of huge investment.
Lampard has now responded to his sacking, issuing a statement on Instagram in which he highlights the progression of academy players, while expressing disappointment at not being given more time.“I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, 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.
“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” He wrote.
“When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time 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 it to the next level.
“I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, 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.”
If the rumours are anything to go by, Chelsea are expected to name former PSG boss, Thomas Tuchel, as their new manager in the coming days.
Tuchel led PSG to two Ligue 1 titles and a Champions League final, which his side lost to Bayern Munich.
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