Frank Lampard has been sacked as Chelsea manager.
The club legend has been given the axe by ruthless chief Roman Abramovich after a dreadful run of form saw the Blues fall from Premier League title contention to mid-table mediocrity.
And it comes after £200million of summer investment in the squad, which has ultimately backfired.
Thomas Tuchel, the former PSG and Dortmund manager, is expected to take over in the coming days.
Abramovich released a rare statement on the sacking, writing: “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.
Lampard has lost his job as Chelsea manager after a dismal run of form
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“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.”
Abramovich and Lampard celebrate Chelsea’s title victory in 2005 alongside John Terry
Abramovich has released a rare statement on Chelsea
The decision to sack Lampard came after the 3-1 win against Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday, but ultimately the call came following last week’s defeat to Leicester City.
The Blues’ miserable run of form continued at the King Power, where goals from Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison handed them a fifth defeat in eight matches at that time.
Lampard’s position as head coach was already hanging by a thread following a disastrous December which saw them beaten by Everton, Wolves and Arsenal.
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