Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant said owner Roman Abramovich “would have sent him to Siberia” if he had finished fourth as Frank Lampard has done.
The 65-year-old managed the Blues for the 2007/08 season, guiding them to second in the Premier League as well as a Champions League final loss to Manchester United.
While the club’s legendary former midfielder finished two places below that in his first season, hitting 66 points for fourth place.
And the former Blues manager has suggested Lampard has got away lightly with his lower finish from the billionaire owner.
Speaking to Stats Perform News, Grant said: “I think it’s a good season, especially compared to how it began, without being allowed to buy players.
Avram Grant has observed a big change in Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich during Frank Lampard’s first season
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“Compared to the requirement of Roman Abramovich, if I told him some years ago that fourth place would be good for him, probably he would send me to Siberia.
“But because of the situation before, I think it’s a good place. For Frank, I think it’s a big achievement.
“It’s his first year as a coach in the Premier League. Of course, he was a player with a lot of experience, but you cannot compare a player to a manager, and I think he’s managed the team very well.
Lampard guided the club to a fourth-placed finished in his first campaign as Blues boss
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“A lot of young players and he knew how to play them, how to give them a rest and when to push them.
“It’s a good base for the future, I was very pleased with his performance.”
Lampard is preparing to try and win the club’s first silverware of the season, taking on London rivals in the FA Cup final.
But the Englishman has made a surprising admission about Abramovich’s communication with him ahead of the Wembley game.
But Grant claimed Abramovich…