With Chelsea ninth in the Premier League table, Frank Lampard became the latest head coach to face the boot from owner Roman Abramovich, on Monday. Having guided his club to a 4th Round FA Cup win over Luton Town, fans were left disappointed to see their club legend join the bandwagon of managers getting sacked by Abramovich. In a statement released by the club, the billionaire revealed that it was a very difficult decision due to their personal relationship. A former England and Chelsea midfielder, Lampard joined Chelsea as head coach on July 4, 2019.
Fans were left shaken with the news, considering the legendary status of Lampard in the club. The 42-year-old joined Chelsea after starting his managerial career with Derby County.
Despite Chelsea’s poor form, fans took to social media to pay their tributes and hailed Lampard. One fan tweeted, “Gone but NEVER forgotten. He will forever be a Chelsea legend and an example for all the players that play and will play for this club.”
Gone but NEVER forgotten. He will forever be a Chelsea legend and an example for all the players that play and will play for this club.
— Abdinho (@Abd1nho) January 25, 2021
Meanwhile, another fan pointed out the impatience portrayed by the Chelsea board. He tweeted, “Not even trying to banter but this is stupid. Patience is a virtue your board should learn from. Long term lampard would’ve been a great manager and your patience would’ve been rewarded. Now you’re probably going to get short term success and be back to square 1 in a few months.”
Not even trying to banter but this is stupid. Patience is a virtue your board should learn from. Long term lampard would’ve been a great manager and your patience would’ve been rewarded. Now you’re probably going to get short term success and be back to square 1 in a few months.
— Ricky (@HarisonRamon) January 25, 2021
Meanwhile, one certain fan had a humorous take on the situation. He quipped, “Roman Abramovich was like, “On my Lampard I’m so Frank”.
Roman Abramovich was like, “On my Lampard I’m so Frank “
— Barcode (@Brefo20) January 25, 2021
Here are the other reactions from fans on Twitter:
He’ll be back one day, once he gets more experience pic.twitter.com/ROpvZSl4vM
— Raheem (@TuchelsMen) January 25, 2021
Of all the sackings Chelsea have done down the years, this one is the most baffling. A club legend sacked on the back of one sticky spell. Brutal beyond belief.
This is ridiculous, I can’t believe this.
I’m leaving this club for good.
— (@_Olaitan_) January 25, 2021
We move…. Another sack loading for the next coach…. It’s a Chelsea thing
— (@Niifemi_nife) January 25, 2021
Everyone knows my feelings on Frank. I wholeheartedly disagree with the decision to sack him. I don’t ever want to hear the board talk about a project again when they replace any manager or the next. They are impatient & this is a really dark day for our club. Disgusted
— Nath (@cfcNath94) January 25, 2021
The first and last Premier League goal in the Frank Lampard era was scored by Mason Mount. Poetic.
— Dubois (@CFCDUBois) January 25, 2021
Lampard had a successful career with Chelsea as a player. Joining them from West Ham United, he won three Premier League titles with the club. Other than a UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League title, he also won four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Community Shield trophy.
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