Chelsea: Five failings that cost Lampard his job
Brendan Rodgers has given his verdict on Frank Lampard’s sacking as Chelsea manager – saying the club legend should have been given more time. Lampard was axed on Monday following a poor run of form in the Premier League, with Thomas Tuchel set to be announced as his successor.
Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester last week appears to have been marked the end for Lampard, with reports claiming that owner Roman Abramovich was left furious by the result.
The 2-0 reverse punished a poor performance from Lampard’s side, who were left floundering in ninth place in the table, having lost five of their last eight top-flight games.
But before that poor run Chelsea had briefly topped the Premier League, with Lampard having also guided the team into the Champions League knockout stages.
And following Lampard’s sacking Foxes boss Rodgers said he felt Chelsea had acted too soon.
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“I know how much the club means to him and everything that he’s given the club,” said Rodgers, who coached at Chelsea when Lampard was a player at the club.
“Looking at the squad and looking at everything else around it and the adaptation for players coming in – I said it last week, it’s just a team and a squad that needs time. Unfortunately he hasn’t been given that time.”
Lampard took charge of Chelsea in the summer of 2019, having guided Derby County to the Championship play-off final during his first season as a manager.
With Chelsea unable to sign players due to a transfer embargo, Lampard blooded youngsters such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori during his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
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He led Chelsea to a fourth-placed finish and qualification to the Champions League in that first season in charge, but hasn’t been able to replicate that form this season.
During the summer, Chelsea spent more than £200million on new players, but new signings such as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have so far struggled to adapt.
Rodgers said: “I really feel for him. A guy who’s done great at Derby, he had the courage to step out of an amazing career as a player and could have taken an easier route but has gone straight into coaching and managing.
“He took a job he couldn’t really turn down even though he had not a lot of experience. But I felt he could have done a really good job there, and he did do that last season.
“Okay, maybe results haven’t been what they would have wanted, or would he would have wanted, because he’s a winner himself.
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“But like I say, I feel it’s a job that needed time, and sadly for him he hasn’t got that time.”
Former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel is expected to be announced as Lampard’s replacement, and could be in place for Wednesday’s visit of Wolves.
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