Frank Lampard has thanked Chelsea, the board, players and Mr. Abramovich following his sack as Chelsea’s manager. The Blues legend was given his marching orders after a run of poor results saw them lose five of their last eight league matches.
Although Chelsea progressed to fifth round in FA Cup by defeating Luton on Sunday, the league form proved to be costly for Lampard. Thomas Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager is expected to take over in the next few days.
Having spent over 250£m in the summer, Lampard was expected to compete for the title this season after the high profile arrivals of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech. However, the Chelsea legend failed to bring out the best of them in the very limited time he had.
Lampard took to Instagram and admitted he was disappointed not to have had the time to take the club forward this season. The axed Blues manager added “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.”
Thiago Silva and Billy Gilmour thanked Lampard on Twitter following his sack.