Frank Lampard has parted ways with Chelsea after 19 months in charge. The Blues are currently ninth in the Premier League table and have been on a poor run of form recently. The 3-1 win over Luton in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday turned out to be Lampard’s last game in charge of the club.
Lampard, who had signed a three-year contract as Chelsea head coach, hoped that the win over Luton would give him more time, but Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich decided to part ways with him in a bid to save Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The 42-year-old achieved a top-four finish last season, which was deemed impressive having taken over when the club was serving a transfer ban.
The Blues splashed £220 million on new signings this season to close the gap between them and Liverpool and Manchester City. However, Chelsea’s performances as a team were increasingly worrying, with the German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz going through a period of poor form and Hakim Ziyech facing fitness issues.
Of all the clubs currently in the top 11, Chelsea have only managed to beat West Ham and the Blues have the second-lowest points tally at this stage of a season since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. Lampard earned 1.67 points per match in the league, which is the lowest of any manager appointed since Abramovich bought Chelsea.
Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel will be Lampard’s successor at Stamford Bridge. The 47-year-old German coach left PSG at the end of December with the best win percentage in Ligue 1 history. He won two league titles, a domestic quadruple, and last season, he had taken PSG to the Champions League final.