Frank Lampard has become another unfortunate casualty of Roman Abramovich’s high Chelsea standards with the Blues boss sacked on Monday after a season and a half at the helm.
Lampard’s inability to mount a credible and consistent title challenge and get the best out of the £222m worth of new players he was afforded in the summer has led to the club’s Russian owner making the decision.
Thomas Tuchel is favourite to take over with football.london reporting talks were held with the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain coach over the weekend.
Lampard leaves with just under 18 months on his contract which means Chelsea will need to agree a suitable compensation package with the 42-year-old who in December was discussing the prospects of a new deal.
It is, as we well know, not the first time Abramovich has pulled the plug on a managerial project with coach of far greater experience and success being shown the door at Stamford Bridge.
Abramovich’s desire for greatness hasn’t just cost him in the transfer market, with Chelsea’s spending since his takeover at around £1.3billion, but also in severance pay.
Within 12 months of taking over in west London, Abramovich’s decision to dispense with Claudio Ranieri cost him £6m.
The dramatic exit of Jose Mourinho in 2007, with the Portuguese under contract until, was a call that hit him for £23.1m.
And with each departure from the dugout has been a fresh payment to cover their contract, with the nadir being the legal case that followed in the wake of Antonio Conte’s departure.
A lengthy legal case cost Chelsea £26.6m for compensation towards Conte, his sizeable backroom staff and the legal proceedings to reach that point.
Abramovich was saved having to pay off Maurizio Sarri after the Italian was hired by Juventus but in total, he has paid out to £110.5m to dismiss his managers, with Lampard likely to take it towards the £120m mark.
Frank Lampard (January…