Chelsea supporters have spotted a parting dig at Frank Lampard in the club’s official statement.
Lampard has left Stamford Bridge after 18 months in the dugout having agreed a three-year deal back in 2019, winning 44 of his 84 matches in charge.
Despite their progression in both the Champions League and the FA Cup, five defeats in their last eight Premier League outings have proved too much for Roman Abramovich.
As well as a short comment from their owner, the official statement included a passage which aimed to justify the decision to part ways with the club hero.
It reads: “We are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as Head Coach of the Club. However, recent results and performances have not met the Club’s expectations, leaving the Club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.”
That final comment regarding no path to sustained improvement has gone down badly with several fans on social media, with many seeing it as unnecessary.
One fan wrote: “Damn. Have never seen a club be so nasty when firing a manager.”
With a second saying: “That statement is SO brutal. Wow.”
A third said: “What absolute nonsense. Short term thinking, long term problems.”
With a fourth adding: “Madness in the statement. What makes you think a new manager can change things right now.”
Abramovich then 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.
“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.
“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future.
“He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”
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