Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, leaves the club with Chelsea currently sitting in ninth place, five points off top four and eleven points off leaders Manchester United.
Frank Lampard ‘Disappointed Not to Have Had the Time This Season to Take the Club Forward’ After Chelsea Exit
Frank Lampard Statement
Taking to his Instagram account, Lampard has released the following statement:
“It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.
“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. 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.”
A True Chelsea Legend
Lampard is a true Chelsea legend and his sacking will have sent shockwaves throughout the global Chelsea community. Taking the job in July 2019, Lampard took over whilst the club was serving a transfer embargo and had just lost star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Lampard put his trust in youth, bringing through Chelsea Academy Graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori all into the first team.
However, it has been his signings that have cost him his job. Spending over £200 million during the elongated summer transfer window – Chelsea’s signings have mostly failed to fire. It has been the £130 million spent on Germans Timo Werner and Kai Havertz that have caused the most concern with both looking desperately short of confidence and quality.