Roman Abramovich has produced his most ruthless act yet as Chelsea owner with the sacking of Frank Lampard.
The no-nonsense Russian changes his manager more often than he does his multi-million pound luxury yachts.
Lampard is a legend at Stamford Bridge following a glittering playing career that saw him win 13 major trophies, make 648 appearances and become the club’s greatest goalscorer.
He justifies a statue outside Stamford Bridge, but instead he’s been given his P45 instead after Abramovich didn’t think twice about shooting the Bambi of the Kings Road.
Fans will be outraged. They will argue that Lampard’s service to the club should have earned him more time to prove his worth, that he deserved more loyalty and faith from Abramovich.
Abramovich has decided to wield the axe once again
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They might just be right – and will point to how the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta have turned round the fortunes of their respective teams at Manchester United and Arsenal.
They could point to how the patience shown in the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jurgen Klopp in the past went on to reap huge rewards, and how Lampard was in his first bad run since taking charge 18 months ago.
But Abramovich doesn’t deal in sentiment. He is the most brutal owner in the top flight and will argue back that, despite ploughing through 10 full-time managers (and 14 counting the caretaker ones) since buying the club in 2003, trophies have continued to be won under whoever has happened to be in the hot seat.
He gave Lampard £200m to spend on high profile signings last summer and they haven’t worked, yet it has cost him barely half this amount to sack all those he has done.
Lampard (right) has been sacked as Chelsea manager
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Abramovich’s approach is soulless, but it has worked. How else did Lampard himself amass so many medals?