Football world rocked by ‘ludicrous’ move

Frank Lampard is reportedly set to be sacked as manager of Chelsea Football Club after less than two seasons in the role.

The 42-year-old took charge of the English Premier League powerhouse club in 2019, having previously represented Chelsea for 14 seasons during his playing career.

Lampard had spent approximately AU$354 million during the recent off-season in an attempt to bolster Chelsea’s roster.

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But after a disappointing start to the 2020/21 season, Chelsea has slipped to ninth on the EPL ladder with eight wins from 19 encounters.

And on Monday evening AEDT, The Telegraph reported that Lampard would be sacked within the next 24 hours.

Chelsea’s head coach Frank Lampard.Source:AFP

According to the bombshell report, he will most likely be replaced by former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain manager Thomas Tuchel.

Chelsea stars were reportedly ordered not to report for training on Monday morning, and were instead told to arrive this afternoon, with Lampard and club bosses believed to be locked in talks.

Lampard is less than 18 months into his three-year contract with Chelsea. He won three Premier League titles and holds the all-time record for most Premier League goals for the club with 147.

Reports that Frank Lampard will be sacked by @ChelseaFC today. Utterly ludicrous after his first bad run. It was always going to need time given so many new signings feeling their way into a new club. Patience being a virtue is seldom recognised in this sport. They never learn.

If you hire a club legend like Frank Lampard surely it has to be for the long term? They were on a 14 game unbeaten run just a month back, he brought in the most desired names in Europe but most admirably gave 8 academy players their first team debuts. Chelsea = Exasperating!

That's two pretty unceremonious Chelsea exists for Frank Lampard #CFC

“I’m a fighter first and foremost,” Lampard told reporters on Sunday.

“It’s how I managed to make a career out of the game as a player. When I packed up, I could have easily stayed in the media or come out of football altogether.

“I didn’t need to get back in. I got back in with a desire to be successful. I didn’t have blinkers on. I knew that there will be tough times and things that you can’t control like you did as a player.”

On Sunday, Chelsea defeated Championship side Luton 3-1 in the FA Cup, with Tammy Abraham scoring a hat-trick.

During the fixture, Chelsea supporters created a banner which read: “In Frank we trust. Then. Now. Forever.”

The Blues lost their most recent league game 2-0 against Leicester on Tuesday.

Prior to that, Chelsea had edged a nervy win over West London rivals Fulham having been thumped by Manchester City before that.

— with The Sun

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