Steven Gerrard Says Chelsea Board Should Have Supported Former Manager Frank Lampard

Tanya Simon
January 26, 2021

Chelsea opted to show Lampard the door on Monday, despite the club being just five points off the top four and him having to integrate a raft of new signings.

The enigmatic Russian did break with tradition in commenting on the sacking which rather sugar-coated the brutality of the firing.

The Brazilian says Lampard played a key role in helping him to settle into his new surroundings, and has expressed his gratitude towards the departing manager via social media.

"He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics".

"I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level".

Thomas Tuchel is expected to be announced as Lampard's successor and he will become the 15th different manager during Roman Abramovich's 18-year reign at the club.

According to The Athletic, the desire of newly-sacked Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to re-sign West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice annoyed his bosses. "As I told you, it seemed like we had been working together for 10 years!"

He did hold talks with Chelsea over replacing Antonio Conte after he left Dortmund in 2017 but whilst he impressed Zanovskaia he ended up at PSG. Lampard was sacked on Monday, the day after a 3-1 win over Championship side Luton in the FA Cup, due to a poor run of league form that had seen the Blues slip out of title contention.

"I don't know whether, if the Celtic job came up, it would be something that would interest Frank."

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In fact, Lampard was only in the office last week following their 2-0 loss to Leicester City because there were no other replacements in place.

Chelsea are now in the 9th position on the Premier League table with 29 points from 19 games.

Chelsea want Tuchel in charge for Wednesday's game with Wolves.

The latter in particular has gone off the boil and looked nothing like a £52 million striker, missing a penalty against Luton summing up his lack of confidence.

'Ok, results wouldn't have been what they wanted (this season) but it's not what he wanted because he's a victor himself.

The Portuguese now in charge of Tottenham Hotspur encapsulated nicely what precarious world management is when asked to comment on Lampard's dismissal. Results haven't been what he would have wanted, but I feel it's a job that needed time'.

'But it is the brutality of football, especially the brutality of modern football.

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