Frank Lampard discovered he had been sacked as Chelsea head coach after being summoned to Stamford Bridge for a meeting with club officials early on Monday morning, according to reports.
Roman Abramovich has dropped his much-bloodied managerial axe once again, parting company with Lampard just 18 months into his Blues tenure amid a nightmare run of five defeats in eight matches.
The club’s all-time leading goalscorer enjoyed an impressive debut season in the hot-seat, steering Chelsea to a top-four finish and reaching the FA Cup final despite their transfer embargo.
But having spent £220million in the previous window, Abramovich has been left concerned by a dismal run of recent form which has left them down in ninth place.
Frank Lampard discovered he had been sacked as Chelsea head coach after being summoned to Stamford Bridge for a meeting with club officials early on Monday morning
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The ruthless Russian has therefore pulled the trigger on his former player in a bid to save their season, with reports suggesting Thomas Tuchel will replace him.
According to The Sun, Lampard was summoned to Stamford Bridge for a 9am meeting with chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia, where he was told he has lost his job.
Lampard reportedly met with Blues chiefs Marina Granovskaia (centre) and Bruce Buck (right) at 9am for talks
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The 42-year-old had been preparing to set off for their Cobham training complex when he received the call, but he knew what was coming when he arrived.
It is believed there were no angry exchanges in what proved a thoroughly professional and equally difficult conversation, which lasted around 30 minutes as he was informed of Abramovich’s reasoning.
In a professional and difficult 30-minute conversation, they explained why Roman Abramovich had come to his decision