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Lampard is no Klopp: Chelsea manager doesn't have the CV to save himself from the sack
The Blues' tame 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday night could spell the end of the former midfielder's spell in chargeHe may well be a club icon but his Blues side had to at the very least show clear signs of improvement this season, in order to convince Roman Abramovich that he was the right man to bring success back to Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard has been spotted walking his dog as the axed Chelsea boss relaxes following his sacking from the west London club.
The Stamford Bridge icon was given his marching orders after a string of poor results that left Roman Abramovich with no choice but to part ways with the club's record goalscorer.
Lampard, 42, is the twelfth different manager to serve under the club's Russian billionaire owner, with some fans and pundits bemoaning the former midfielder's dismissal.
The Blues have since turned to former PSG coach Thomas Tuchel to get performances out of their star-studded squad, and the German oversaw a flat 0-0 draw with Wolves in his first game in charge.
Lampard believes Chelsea's £89m buy Havertz has 'desire' to improve
Frank Lampard has thrown his support behind Kai Havertz, claiming that Chelsea's summer signing just needs time to adapt to life in the Premier League after a slow start. Havertz was a high profile arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth £89million but has since struggled to make an impact on the Blues midfield with just one goal and three assists from his 16 top flight appearances. The 21-year-old hasn't completed 90 minutes in the Premier League in three months and was once again taken off with just over 20 minutes to play mid-week as Chelsea flopped in a 2-0 defeat at Leicester City.
It is the first time Lampard has been seen publicly since his sacking, having made a statement through the League Managers Association in the immediate aftermath of his dismissal.
'It has been a privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long,' he said.
'Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months. I hope they know what that means to me.
'When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.
Will Lampard's revolution be swept away by Abramovich's impatience?
Something quite remarkable is happening at Chelsea. Under Lampard, academy graduates are actually making the grade and, crucially, making a difference. In the FA Cup game against Luton, we may see some of Chelsea's next generation, such as winger Tino Anjorin.For years the lack of progress from youth team to first team at Chelsea has been a standing joke. Yet now it is conceivable that next season Chelsea could field a really good first XI, with six internationals, all XI of whom are home grown: Blackman; James, Christensen, Tomori/Ampadu, Maatsen; Loftus-Cheek/Gallagher, Gilmour, Mount; Anjorin, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.
'I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club.
'I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.
'I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.
'I wish the team and the club every success for the future.'
Abramovich is typically unafraid to wield the axe at Stamford Bridge, having dismissed Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri in recent years despite the pair enjoying success at the helm.
The 54-year-old made the uncharacteristic move in explaining his decision to sack the club legend this week, labelling it a 'very difficult decision'.
Speculation that there had been dressing room unrest prior to Lampard's dismissal have since been rebuked, with striker Tammy Abraham leaping to the defence of team-mate Antonio Rudiger amid rumours that the German was unhappy with the former boss.
Tuchel will be hoping to register his first win with his new club on Sunday when the Blues host a resurgent Burnley side at Stamford Bridge.
Redknapp says duo's failure to make impact cost Lampard Chelsea job .
Striker Timo Werner joined the club from RB Leipzig in a £53million deal while fellow Germany international Kai Havertz was an £89m acquisition from Bayer Leverkusen.Striker Werner joined the club from RB Leipzig in a £53million deal while midfielder Havertz was an £89m acquisition from Bayer Leverkusen, but the duo have netted just five Premier League goals between them since arriving at Stamford Bridge.