Frank Lampard is out of work.
The Chelsea legend has been sacked by the Blues just a year and a half into his reign as head coach.
Lampard led the Blues to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season, having been unable to spend any money in the transfer market.
With Roman Abramovich supporting him to the tune of more than £200million this summer, the pressure was on Lampard to get Chelsea challenging for the title.
But that has not happened.
And with the Blues ninth in the Premier League table, Abramovich has decided to act and has sacked the head coach, with reports linking Thomas Tuchel with replacing him at Stamford Bridge.
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Whilst it is clear that Chelsea did spend huge amounts of money during the summer in an attempt to turn themselves back into genuine title contenders, it should be remembered that Lampard is still learning as a head coach.
The former Blues midfielder was only halfway through his third season in management and only halfway through his second year at Chelsea before the axe was wielded.
And comments Lampard made about management in 2014 have come back to haunt him.
Lampard suggested that the size of the job was too big for former boss Andre Villas-Boas, hinting that it had come too early in his career, despite his success in Portugal at Porto.
Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Villas-Boas arrived in west London in 2011 aged just 33 with just one-and-a-half seasons in management behind him at Porto and Academia, and struggled to get the senior players on board at Chelsea in what was a notoriously influential dressing room.
When Villas-Boas departed in March 2012, accusations were levelled that senior players had effectively got the Portuguese sacked due to his inexperience. Lampard denied such, when questioned, but did give a potentially…