Chelsea: Lampard reacts to Kepa mistake
Chelsea have decided to sack Frank Lampard with his failure to get the best from Timo Werner and Kai Havertz a huge factor, according to reports. The Blues are poised to make the 42-year-old the 14th managerial casualty of the Roman Abramovich era. And attentions will now turn to his replacement, with several names in the frame.
Chelsea beat Luton Town 3-1 in their FA Cup showdown on Sunday, with Tammy Abraham’s hat-trick sending them through to the fifth round of the competition.
However, the Blues have won just two of their last eight matches across all competitions and Lampard is set to pay the price.
And The Athletic say Chelsea have decided to chop Lampard due to his failure to get Werner and Havertz fully firing.
Werner has scored just four Premier League goals for the club since joining from RB Leipzig back in the summer transfer window.
And Havertz has cut an anonymous figure at Chelsea so far, failing to live up to his price tag in the wake of his £72million move from Bayer Leverkusen.
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Chelsea’s board were concerned about the struggles of the pair and, now, have decided to take action.
Lampard will leave with the lowest points per game of any Chelsea manager under Abramovich – and will now be on the lookout for a new job.
No decision has been made on a replacement just yet – but that’s set to be rushed forward.
Avram Grant is one person who could take over, with the former West Ham boss replacing Jose Mourinho back in 2007.
Grant did well, too, steering the club to second in the Premier League table as well as the 2008 Champions League final.
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But he didn’t last the course, with Chelsea opting to axe him to bring in Luiz Felipe Scolari instead.
Andriy Shevchenko is another in the frame, with the AC Milan icon having a good relationship with Abramovich.
And when it comes to permanent replacements, several have been linked.
Massimiliano Allegri is one of them, though the prospect of Chelsea hiring the former Juventus boss appears remote.
And Thomas Tuchel and Brendan Rodgers have emerged as possibilities as well.
The win over Luton looks to be Lampard’s last game at the club – and he praised Billy Gilmour in the aftermath of the contest at Stamford Bridge.
“Playing like he did today is making it very difficult [not to give him more minutes] because I thought he was outstanding,” said Lampard.
“His comfort on the ball, the way he moved it, his discipline, his personality was great. If he plays like he does today, it makes it very difficult for me not to give him a run.
“He trains that way too.
“With his youth and the injury he had, and with the difficult run we’ve been on in the last month, it’s been a case of me finding the right time to get Billy in.
“Today felt like the right time and he was brilliant.
“In the short term for me, looking at things today, he won’t be going out on loan.
“Of course, we’ll keep that slightly open until the end of the month but Billy is a Chelsea player and the level he showed today highlights why he is a Chelsea player in the middle of the park.”
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