Chelsea have sacked head coach Frank Lampard after 18 months in cost.
Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard, 42, leaves with the membership ninth within the Premier League desk after final week’s defeat at Leicester Metropolis, having gained as soon as of their previous 5 league matches.
His remaining recreation in cost was Sunday’s 3-1 FA Cup fourth spherical win in opposition to Championship facet Luton.
Lampard was appointed on a three-year contract when he changed Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge in July 2019.
He guided them to fourth place and the FA Cup remaining in his first season in cost, and a 3-1 win in opposition to Leeds at the beginning of December put the membership high of the Premier League.
Nonetheless, the Blues have suffered 5 defeats of their previous eight league video games, as many as that they had of their earlier 23.
In an announcement, Chelsea mentioned: “This has been a really troublesome choice, and never one which the proprietor and the board have taken flippantly.
“We’re grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as head coach of the membership. Nonetheless, current outcomes and performances haven’t met the membership’s expectations, leaving the membership mid-table with none clear path to sustained enchancment.
“There can by no means be a great time to half methods with a membership legend akin to Frank, however after prolonged deliberation and consideration it was determined a change is required now to offer the membership time to enhance performances and outcomes this season.”
Proprietor Roman Abramovich mentioned Lampard’s standing as an “essential icon” of the membership “stays undiminished” regardless of his dismissal.
“This was a really troublesome choice for the membership, not least as a result of I’ve a superb private relationship with Frank and I’ve the utmost respect for him,” mentioned Abramovich.
“He’s a person of nice integrity and has the very best of labor ethics. Nonetheless, underneath present circumstances we consider it’s best to alter managers.”
|12 December||Everton 1-0 Chelsea||L|
|15 December||Wolves 2-1 Chelsea||L|
|21 December||Chelsea 3-0 West Ham||W|
|26 December||Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea||L|
|28 December||Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa||D|
|3 January||Chelsea 1-3 Man Metropolis||L|
|16 January||Fulham 0-1 Chelsea||W|
|19 January||Leicester 2-0 Chelsea||L|
Lampard didn’t signal a single participant throughout his first season because the membership have been working underneath a switch embargo, however spent greater than £200m on seven main signings final summer time, together with £45m on Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and £71m on midfielder Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.
It’s the most Chelsea have spent in a single summer time, eclipsing the £186m they invested at the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time report scorer, with 211 objectives for the membership between 2001 and 2014, and can also be joint-seventh on the listing of England gamers with probably the most caps, having made 106 appearances for his nation over 15 years from 1999.
Throughout his 13 seasons as a participant at Stamford Bridge, he made 648 appearances and gained 11 main trophies – together with 4 Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions League.
His first managerial posting was at Derby. In his one season in cost, they reached the Championship play-off remaining, the place they misplaced to Aston Villa.
Lampard turned the tenth full-time supervisor appointed by Abramovich because the billionaire purchased the membership in 2003.
In keeping with soccer finance journalist Kieran Maguire, Abramovich has spent £110m on sacking managers earlier than Lampard’s dismissal.
Having completed with 66 factors final season after 20 wins and 12 defeats, Chelsea have misplaced six occasions of their opening 19 league video games this season.
Lampard’s points-per-game common of 1.67 is the bottom of any everlasting Chelsea supervisor within the Premier League. Through the Abramovich period, solely Andre Villas-Boas (47.5%) has a worse win price than Lampard’s 52.4%, in all competitions amongst everlasting Chelsea bosses.
In distinction, Jose Mourinho’s win price in all competitions throughout his first spell in cost was 67.03%, whereas Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri, Avram Grant, Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri all had win charges over 60%.