Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Frank Lampard to have a “very good managerial career” after being sacked by Chelsea, a decision the Manchester United manager admits surprised him.
The former England international and Derby County boss was sacked on Monday morning and is expected to be replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
Lampard leaves Chelsea with the club ninth in the Premier League table, five points off the Champions League places despite the club spending over £200m in the summer transfer window.
“One thing I know for sure is that Frank doesn’t want any of us to feel sorry for him,” United boss Solskjaer said ahead of his side’s Premier League match against Sheffield United on Wednesday.
“I know his character, mentality and I’m sure he’ll bounce back. He’ll have a very good managerial career. They just went through a little patchy period for a short spell, but it’s not long ago that they were top of the league.
“It’s the first dip of form they’ve really had under Frank, so I’m a little bit surprised, but it’s not my job to comment on what’s happened at Chelsea.”
On his own struggles earlier this season, Solskjaer added: “We knew we were going to have some rough and patchy periods and I had good backing from the club.
“The leadership has been very steady which I feel very grateful for because I’ve been through two or three bad spells of form.
“We don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes. It’s always sad when someone loses their job.”
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