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Irate Chelsea supporters have made their frustrations know after Frank Lampard became the 10th boss to be sacked under Roman Abramovich by hanging a banner outside one of the entrance gates at Stamford Bridge which reads 'circus continues'.
Club legend Lampard was dismissed by the Blues on Monday morning after just 18 months in charge, with the club since announcing former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel as his replacement.
And while the club felt the decision was necessary given their torrid run of five defeats in their last eight Premier League games, some fans appear less convinced and have protested outside the stadium.
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The supporters hung the banner on the Bovril Gate on the southern side of Stamford Bridge, while blue smoke bombs were also let off as fans let their anger at the decision to sack a club legend be known.
The picture has emerged just hours before German boss Tuchel's first game in charge of the Blues at home to Wolves, with the club currently sat 10th in the Premier League table.
Tuchel - who had been out of a job for four weeks after being sacked by PSG around Christmas - took his first training session on Tuesday and is now tasked with closing the 12-point gap with league leaders Manchester City.
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There was mixed reaction to the banner being hung on the gate on social media, with opinion very much polarised between the club's supporters.
One fan was in favour of the banner's message, stating: 'So true God bless Frank,' while another added: 'The message is spot on.'
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Asked by another fan to elaborate, the latter said: 'Our best ever player was still manager whilst the club were recruiting another manager, wasn't able to say goodbye to players and staff, experienced players making younger players feel uncomfortable, could go on.'
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Another user was reflective when seeing the banner, commenting: 'Always thought the managers were mercenaries I now know it's us the supporters who are the hired hands.
'I backed Super Frank just like I've backed every CFC manager, through ups and downs, for the first time I feel guilty, the connection isn't the same. Win or lose up the Blues.'
However, others were critical of the banner being put up and backed owner Abramovich and the club's ruthless decision to sack Lampard.
'The club has appointed a new manager following a period of poor results, anyone who watched the Leicester game could see a change was needed,' one said. 'This is nonsense.'
Another added: 'What made you all think Lampard was the future? Acting like Chelsea is [an] Arsenal team.
'Circumstances gave Lampard the job at that point and he should be grateful for it. Maybe in the future his time will come and maybe he will stay longer. We move.'
Another user agreed Lampard's future looked bleak, adding: 'Do you guys think there was going to be any improvement by keeping Lampard to the end? We would be in relegation zone after few matches, it's about time.'
Others however preferred to focus on the task now at hand, with one stating: 'Ain't gonna change anything, just grow up and get behind the new man,' with a GIF of Tuchel pumping his fist while he was PSG boss.
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