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Football | Chelsea sack Frank Lampard

Chelsea have sacked manager Frank Lampard after just 18 months.

Lampard returned to Chelsea ahead of the 2019/20 season after one season managing Derby County in the Championship.

Faced with a transfer ban and the departure of influential playmaker Eden Hazard, Lampard introduced a number of academy players to Chelsea's first team as the Blues qualified for the Champions League and reached the FA Cup final.

Expectations were high last summer after Chelsea's massive spending on stars such as Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz, with Lampard's side expected to mount a title challenge.

However, Chelsea's inconsistency sees them languishing in ninth place in the Premier League, five points off the top four and 11 off league leaders Manchester United after 19 games.

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

Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is set to replace Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer at Stamford Bridge, and is expected to sign an 18-month deal in the coming days.

The German, who could be announced as Lampard's replacement before Wednesday's clash with Wolves, is reported to be the only candidate for the vacancy in London.

"Chelsea Football Club have today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard," a club statement read.

"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."

 

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