Frank Lampard issues classy statement amid message for Roman Abramovich after his Chelsea exit

Frank Lampard has issued a statement and broken his silence following his sacking that brought an end to an 18-month spell in charge of Chelsea.

The club’s all-time leading goalscorer was dismissed on Monday following a poor run of form, which has seen the Blues slip to five-points behind the top-four places.

Lampard impressed in his first season at the club, having earned his managerial stripes in the Championship with Derby County, securing a top-four finish and reaching the FA Cup final despite not being able to sign players.

That changed in the summer as the Blues splashed over £200m to sign the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz but performances have been disappointing.

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Lampard’s dismissal came following the FA Cup fourth-round victory over Luton Town, which set up a fifth-round clash against Burnley, but he will not be in the dugout at Turf Moor.

Instead, former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel will arrive to take the reins and Lampard issued a statement on his departure on Monday evening.

“It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long,” a statement issued via the League Manager’s Association read.

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