Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard’s time at the club looks set to be over after the hierarchy of the club made the decision to relieve him of his job less than 24 hours after Chelsea knocked out Luton in the FA Cup.
The 42 year old was appointed at the beginning of the 2019/20 season after one season with Championship side, Derby County. Lampard’s appointment coincided with the club’s transfer ban, and he led Chelsea to a 4th place finish in the league as well as to the final of the FA Cup, where he lost to Arsenal. He was roundly applauded for his use of the club’s academy, as he handed debuts to a good number of academy graduates, with many of them now mainstays in the team.
This season, after spending over 200 million Pounds on new players, the club is languishing in 9th place in the league. The players have had no defined style as Lampard has continued to tinker with his team for a number of weeks. A run of 5 defeats in 8 games spelled the end for the club’s record goalscorer as the club began to explore the need for another manager.
The Chelsea board identified that they wanted a German-speaking boss and made a shortlist of four names; Former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann, former Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick, and Southampton boss, Ralph Hassenhuttl.
On Monday, the club announced to the players not to come in for training until the afternoon, and the club’s journalists announced the imminent sacking of Frank Lampard. It is expected that former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss, Thomas Tuchel would be appointed as Chelsea manager.