The Chelsea board first held concerns over Frank Lampard ‘s position after the club’s Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal.
A 3-1 loss at the Emirates followed defeats to Everton and Wolves.
And since then Chelsea have lost to Manchester City and Leicester City, while also drawing with Aston Villa.
According to The Sun, Lampard’s job only remained safe because of Roman Abramovich’s fondness for the club’s all-time top goalscorer. Even though the board held concerns since just days after Christmas.
Lampard, though, was called to Stamford Bridge at 9am on Monday morning to meet with chief Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia and received his marching orders.
Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal sparked the board’s doubts.
The 42-year-old, who is set to be replaced by Thomas Tuchel, broke his silence on the sacking later in the day.
“I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club froward and bring them to the next level,” he said.
“I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, the players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.
Chelsea lost the Boxing Day clash 3-1.
“I wish the team and the club every success for the future.”
Roman Abramovich doesn’t tend to comment when managers are sacked but took exception with Lampard and posted a statement to the club’s official website.
“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,” he penned.
“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…