Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has described Chelsea’s decision to sack head coach Frank Lampard as a “quick-fire” one following his dismissal on Monday.
After a run of five defeats in their last eight Premier League outings, Lampard was shown the exit door by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich less than 24 hours after guiding his side to a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round.
Abramovich described the decision to sack the Chelsea legend as a “difficult” one, but he felt a change was needed in order to get the club back on track ahead of the second half of the campaign.
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Lampard is poised to be replaced at Stamford Bridge by former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain chief Thomas Tuchel, who is very close to finalising a deal with the Blues ahead of taking over the reigns in west London.
For Ferdinand, however, Chelsea’s decision to show Lampard the door has surprised him, with the former Leeds United man having pointed out that he deserved a chance to get to grips with his cluster of new summer signings.
At the same time, however, Ferdinand noted that Lampard will have been well aware of what he was letting himself in for before taking the job in the summer of 2019.
“I have got to be honest, knowing Frank, I don’t think he will be surprised,” Ferdinand told FIVE. “I know he is an intelligent fella and would have understood the remit when he walked through that door.
“He will have seen people like Carlo Ancelotti, who has got the third highest win rate in Premier League history behind Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson, get the sack a year after winning the league, so he will not have gone in there thinking he was going to have loads of time.
“But I do think he would have expected a bit more time given that when he went in there…