It was early on Monday that Chelsea’s first-team players received a text message informing them the planned morning training session had been pushed back until the afternoon.
The reason, which quickly emerged, was that the club had sacked head coach Frank Lampard after less than 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge.
It was a dismissal that many expected yet one that still came as a shock. Having overseen Chelsea’s win over Luton Town on Sunday afternoon, there was no indication that Lampard would be sacked within 24 hours.
The club had made their decision on his future prior to that FA Cup game, that much was clear. In Lampard’s place will come Thomas Tuchel, whose appointment is expected to be confirmed today.
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Chelsea’s first-team squad eventually arrived at Cobham early on Monday afternoon. Petr Cech, the Blues’ technical and performance advisor, spoke to the players before training got underway at around 2pm.
Lampard was not given the chance to say his goodbyes.
Pictures of that session have since been released and here are the things we spotted as preparations for Wednesday night’s Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers began with Lampard.
Edwards stays on
Joe Edwards oversees Chelsea’s first training session after Frank Lampard’s sacking
The coach has been at Chelsea since 2004, working his way up through the academy system.
Edwards was in charge of the Under-18s for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, in which the FA Youth Cup was won twice, and later oversaw the development squad for two campaigns.
When Lampard took charge in the summer of 2019, Edwards was promoted to the first-team set-up and has worked closely with the senior players over the past 18 months. That doesn’t appear to have changed with Lampard’s sacking.
While his two assistants, Jody Morris and Chris Jones, have also…