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Abramovich heralds ‘icon’ Frank Lampard in Chelsea sacking statement

Abramovich heralds ‘icon’ Frank Lampard in Chelsea sacking statement

Abramovich’s statement

Roman Abramovich had to make the difficult decision to remove Frank Lampard as head coach of Chelsea Football Club. The decision was taken based upon a string of poor performances which has left the club sitting in 9th position in the table having spent a significant amount of money in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea have removed a string of coaches during their recent history, Lampard’s presence at the club was initially thought to possibly buck the trend, however, the recent removal of the former England international has shown that no matter the connection to the club, no one is safe from a swift sacking.

Despite this, Abramovich has still spoken fondly of Lampard and has welcome to his return at any stage in the future.

“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.”

Roman Abramovich

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looks on from the stands during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

“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.”

Chelsea will now work towards finding a replacement for Lampard and hope to have one in place by their next weekend fixture.

Tuchel the favourite

The process to find the replacement for Frank Lampard is likely to be swiftly conducted. There are reports surfacing that already Thomas Tuchel, the former PSG boss, is set to take over at the club.

The German started his coaching career at Augsburg before moving to Mainz where his talents were appreciated enough to earn a top job in the Bundesliga at Borussia Dortmund. He replaced Jurgen Klopp at the title-challenging German side and earned them their first trophy in five years.

Thomas Tuchel

LOTTE, GERMANY – MARCH 14: Thomas Tuchel head coach of of Borussia Dortmund before the DFB Cup quarter final between Sportfreunde Lotte and Borussia Dortmund at Sportpark am Lotter Kreuz on March 14, 2017 in Lotte, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

This was not enough to earn his keep, however, and a reportedly strained relationship with the club’s executives led to his departure.

He then took up the job at PSG, his first coaching role outside of his native Germany. He won the league title in his two full seasons in addition to a Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue title in 2020. He also took the club to the Champions League final where they were beaten by Bayern Munich.

He was sacked mere hours after conducting another controversial interview where he referenced himself as more of a politician than a coach at the club.

“To be completely honest, during the first six months, I said to myself: ‘Am I still a manager or am I a politician in sport, a Minister for Sports? Where is my role as manager in such a club now? I said to myself: I just want to coach,” he said.

“I think that is why I became a coach and that is why I still am, I can find myself anywhere.”

With the board at Chelsea having faced struggles with coaches, could Tuchel be a risky appointment considering his own fractious relationships with the clubs he has coached?

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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