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Chelsea fires Lampard, preps for Tuchel

Chelsea has sacked manager Frank Lampard on Monday after a poor run of results left them languishing in mid-table in the Premier League.

it had been a “very difficult decision” to let go of the 42-year-old, who is the club’s record goal-scorer, Stamford Bridge club said.

“We are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as head coach of the club,” Chelsea said in their statement.

“However, recent results and performances have not met the club’s expectations, thereby leaving the club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.”

Roman Abramovich, who is the club’s owner said: “This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.

Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel, who was abruptly sacked by the French champions in December, is in line to take over, reports said.

Chelsea are struggling in ninth place in the Premier League table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.

They have lost five of their past eight Premier League matches after a good start to the season.

Lampard signed a three-year deal in 2019 and despite a transfer ban, led them to the FA Cup final and a fourth-place finish in his first managerial campaign at Stamford Bridge.

But a huge outlay of around £220 million ($300 million) on new players including Ben Chilwell and German attackers Kai Havertz and Timo Werner has failed to translate into improved results.

Source: The Lead Express

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