Frank Lampard: Chelsea sack manager with Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him

Frank Lampard won 28 of his 57 Premier League games in charge of Chelsea

Chelsea have sacked manager Frank Lampard after 18 months in charge, with former Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him.

Lampard, 42, leaves with the club ninth in the Premier League after last week’s defeat at Leicester City, having won once in their past five league matches.

His final game was Sunday’s 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round win against Luton.

Lampard was appointed on a three-year contract when he replaced Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge in July 2019.

In a statement released on Monday night, Lampard said he was “disappointed not to have had the time to take the club forward” and added that it had been a “huge privilege and an honour” to manage the club.

“When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club,” he continued.

“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.”

Chelsea are hopeful that new manager Tuchel will be on the bench for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

He will not be exempt from coronavirus quarantine.

But if Tuchel tests negative on entry to the United Kingdom and then negative again in order to enter a Premier League club’s bubble, he will be granted an exemption by the Football Association for attending matches and training.

He will still have to serve a quarantine period outside of those environments, which will last five days.

‘A difficult decision’

Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard guided them to fourth place and the FA Cup final in his first season in charge, and a 3-1 win against Leeds in early December put the club top of the Premier League.

However, the Blues have suffered five defeats in their past eight league games, as many as they had in their previous 23.

In a statement, Chelsea said: “This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the board have taken lightly.

“We are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as head coach of the club. However, recent results and performances have not met the club’s expectations, leaving the club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.

“There can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend such as Frank, but after lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the club time to improve performances and results this season.”

Owner Roman Abramovich said Lampard’s status as an “important icon” of the club “remains undiminished” despite his dismissal.

“This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” said Abramovich.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.”

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Lampard did not sign a single player during his first season as the club were operating under a transfer embargo, but spent more than £200m on seven major signings last summer, including £45m on Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and £71m on midfielder Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

It is the most Chelsea have spent in one summer, eclipsing the £186m they invested at the start of the 2017-18 season.

Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time record scorer, with 211 goals for the club between 2001 and 2014, and is also joint-seventh on the list of most capped England players, having made 106 appearances for his country over 15 years from 1999.

During his 13 seasons as a player at Stamford Bridge, he made 648 appearances and won 11 major trophies – including four Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions League.

His first managerial job was at Derby. In his one season in charge, they reached the Championship play-off final, where they lost to Aston Villa.

Lampard became the 10th full-time manager appointed by Abramovich since the billionaire bought the club in 2003.

According to football finance journalist Kieran Maguire, Abramovich had spent £110m on sacking managers before Lampard’s dismissal.

Having finished with 66 points last season after 20 wins and 12 defeats, Chelsea have lost six times in their opening 19 league games this season.

Lampard’s points-per-game average of 1.67 is the lowest of any permanent Chelsea manager in the Premier League. During the Abramovich era, only Andre Villas-Boas (47.5%) has a worse win rate than Lampard’s 52.4%, in all competitions among permanent Chelsea bosses.

In contrast, Jose Mourinho’s win rate in all competitions during his first spell in charge was 67.03%, while Sarri, Antonio Conte, Avram Grant, Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri all had win rates over 60%.

Analysis – lack of confidence among squad key to sacking

BBC Sport’s Alistair Magowan

Lampard was sacked because the club could not see him reversing a slide in form.

After qualifying for the Champions League last season and spending more than £200m on players in the summer, the aim this campaign was to close the gap on the leaders, but that has not been achieved.

Although links will be made between Tuchel’s heritage and the poor form of fellow Germans Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, the change was made because of the lack of confidence among the whole squad.

It is hoped that Tuchel can rejuvenate a team that is five points outside of the top four, and an announcement could be made within 24 hours.

The decision to sack Lampard was very difficult for Abramovich, who has never made a statement when changing Chelsea managers previously.

In the end, Lampard paid for his relative inexperience as a manager, which cannot be said of Tuchel.

Best of reaction to Lampard sacking

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “People talk about projects and ideas. They don’t exist. You have to win or you will be replaced. I am not judging Chelsea’s decision. I respect their decision. But our world is to win as much as possible.

“I hope to see Frank soon and go to a restaurant with him when lockdown is finished.”

West Ham boss David Moyes: “I’m disappointed for Frank as I saw him as one of the most up and coming young English managers in the country.

“It’s a big thing we try to encourage our own British managers into the big leagues, if we can. I’m sure he’ll come back and learn from it.

“He did a great job last year – he did a really good job with so many youngsters coming through the academy. It seemed a little bit harder for him this year. I’m sure he’ll take time off, come back and get better.”

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “Clearly I’m really sad for Frank and his staff. I know how much the club means to him.

“Looking at the squad and how young they are, they need time. He hasn’t been given that time. I really feel for him. He did great at Derby.

“He had the courage to step out of an amazing career and could have taken an easier route. It was a job he couldn’t turn down, even though he didn’t have a lot of experience.

“Results haven’t been what he would have wanted, but I feel it’s a job that needed time.”

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “It saddens me. I thought he did an excellent job last season. I was rather hoping that the idol of the fans and Chelsea legend that he is, he’d get a longer shot than 18 months.

“Managers who have had short stays at Chelsea have gone on to have good careers elsewhere. When you’re sacked for the first time, it is a devastating blow. There’s no doubt he has a pedigree to be a very good manager.”

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton speaking on BBC 5 Live’s Monday Night Club: “It is 52 days since Chelsea were top of the Premier League and 48 days ago that Chelsea had been on an unbeaten run of 17 games.

“So in the space of 48 days the owner has decided to write Frank Lampard off. How are we ever going to know if Frank Lampard is a good manager? You only every really learn about people and their characteristics and traits when they go through a little bit of adversity and Frank has gone through a little bit of adversity.

“Frank has basically been sacked for the owner’s expectations. I feel sorry for Frank because he is a club legend.

“They are five points off fourth place, but the bottom line is that the owner wants to win the Premier League and that was always going to be the pressure.

“Chelsea should have been more loyal. We know the owner’s track record – he is ruthless, he is brutal and guillotined Frank.”

Scott G: Been a Chelsea fan since Nevin, Speedie and Dixon and admit I’ve enjoyed all the success money has brought us over the last 20 years. However, there’s a sadness about that decision. Some things money can’t buy. #SuperFrank

Fil Harris: Isn’t the whole point of appointing a younger manager to give him time to build and develop? Craziness from Chelsea to sack Lampard after such a short time.

Simon Kirk: Been a Chelsea fan since 1969 and have never been so annoyed at a sacking of a Chelsea manager. He needed at least another 18 months. Shame on you Abramovich and the Chelsea board for supporting such a decision.

Ryan Howard: I find it such a weird sacking – a month or so ago Chelsea were in a nice groove, Zouma and Silva were scoring and keeping clean sheets, now after one bad run he gets sacked. Chelsea could be a world-class club if they just gave a manager proper time to build a team.

Peter Josi: Chelsea are totally right to sack Lampard, he lacked the experience or coaching prowess to lead the side. The next phase should start with an investigation into our transfer policy and how our last two record signings turned out to be flops.

Thomas Wilson: Why are people surprised Lampard was sacked? Chelsea have been ruthlessly successful for 15 years. They are not going to suddenly resort to being generously unsuccessful because of a club legend being at the helm.

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Lampard happy to see more British managers in Premier League

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is pleased to see more British managers in the Premier League and said their success could encourage the next generation of homegrown coaches.

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REUTERS: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is pleased to see more British managers in the Premier League and said their success could encourage the next generation of homegrown coaches.

Sam Allardyce’s appointment at West Bromwich Albion last week took the tally of British managers currently in the league to 11. Two years ago there were only five in England’s top flight.

“The fact this is the Premier League in England and we’re seeing British managers do very well is nice,” Lampard said ahead of Monday’s league game against West Ham United, who are managed by Scotsman David Moyes.

“There will be a lot of hard work behind that and if that can inspire younger managers and players now who want to try and become managers in the future, then that’s a great thing.

“It’s nice to have British managers coming through and doing well. People like Moyes and Allardyce have been doing well for years and are very experienced managers.”

Chelsea are eighth on 22 points after 13 games and while they could leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur into fifth with a win against West Ham Lampard said it was still too early in the season to put much stock in current positions.

“We’re still pretty early and there are lots of hours to fill where people want to talk about who might be in the race or not but there’s a long way to go,” he added.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard provides injury updates on Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi

But Frank Lampard is confident the pair will be back for the hectic Christmas and New Year schedule.

Both wingers have now been assessed by Chelsea’s medical team, with Lampard optimistic about their conditions.

He said: “Both players are hopefully going to be out for around two weeks. They had scans yesterday and their injuries are showing that they will be about two weeks.

“I think that’s positive. Particularly with Hakim it’s positive.

“With Callum we didn’t know what to expect. It was an injury he got in training a couple of days ago.”

It means Lampard will have to tweak his lineup for Saturday’s game against Everton, with Timo Werner or Kai Havertz potentially playing on the right of attack.

Havertz was deployed there in the 1-1 draw with Krasnodar, which ensured Chelsea remained undefeated in the Champions League group stage.

Lampard added: “I was happy. It was a tough game to navigate. Nothing on it as such other than our own attitude and how we perform and how we approach and I thought our attitude was great.

“No injuries, minutes for players, Billy Gilmour back in the side. Tino Anjurin debut at this level, so all around I’m very content.”

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Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea LIVE! Premier League 2020 match reaction, latest news from Lampard and Solskjaer

Manchester United vs Chelsea LIVE!

Edinson Cavani nearly scored with his first touch for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men fought out a goalless draw with Chelsea in the pouring rain.

Having lost this season’s previous Premier League home matches to Crystal Palace and Tottenham in chastening fashion, the Red Devils were looking to make it third time lucky as their top-four rivals arrived at an empty Old Trafford.

But neither side fully mastered the challenging conditions in the north-west, where substitute Cavani went close to making a dream debut impact that would have compounded Chelsea’s exasperation at the lack of video assistant referee intervention.

Blues skipper Cesar Azpilicueta could not believe Harry Maguire got away with wrestling him to the ground in the box towards the end of a first half in which Edouard Mendy impressively denied Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata after nearly passing into his own net.

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Azpilicueta: We could have got more from the game

Chelsea’s captain has been speaking to Sky Sports…

“I had the feeling we could have more, you know? We didn’t create that last pass or pick the right pass or the right decision.

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“My feeling is we could have got more from the match. 

“It has been a very even game where for moments we had spells, in the first half especially, we controlled it better. In the second half we rushed it and didn’t keep the ball well enough. 

“That meant we lost a bit of control.”

James Robson is at Old Trafford 

Well that was a tough watch. A draw doesn’t suit either side, but it’s hard to say either deserved more.

Hardly a thriller that, United had the best chances in the end, with Mendy making two excellent saves from Rashford, but Chelsea will look back on that first half penalty not given as the moment they might’ve broken the deadlock. 

Stick around for all the reaction from Old Trafford…


FULL-TIME | Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea


90+1 mins: Brilliant save! 

That’s the closest we’ve come, Marcus Rashford with a brilliant curling snapshot from the edge of the box that looks destined for the top corner but Mendy gets across to make a superb save. 

87 mins: Giving up hope of fashioning anything useful, Bruno Fernandes tries a bicycle kick from the edge of the box. It’s headed away by James. 


83 mins: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at least makes a change that isn’t like-for-like as Mason Greenwood replaces Scott McTominay. 


81 mins: A final change of the day for Chelsea – Hakim Ziyech is on for Christian Pulisic. 


76 mins: A bit of frustration seeping out as Rashford goes in on Azpilicueta and he goes into the book, too. 


72 mins: Finally, Frank Lampard turns to his bench and he sacrifices his pair of Germans for a couple of Englishmen. Havertz and Werner off, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham off. 


James Robson is at Old Trafford 

James and Chilwell have been highlights for Chelsea. They’ve created their best chances from either flank – on both occasions Havertz failed to make the most of the service. 

But they’ve also nullified Shaw and Wan-Bissaka as attacking threats.

67 mins: Into the final quarter of what has been a really poor game – I think that Marcus Rashford effort in the first half is the only proper, clear-cut change we’ve seen. 

60 mins: The game’s finally starting to come alive. Reece James delivers a wonderful ball from the right and it’s just too high for Havertz, while Maguire gets a crucial touch on it to take it out of the path of Pulisic, who is arriving like a train round the back. 

59 mins: Almost a dream start! 

United work the corner short and Fernandes delivers to the front post where Cavani has darted across his man to get the first touch but the angle’s just too tight and it meets the side netting. 

58 mins: Here comes that double change – Paul Pogba is on for Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani replaces Dan James to make his Man United debut. 

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55 mins: And right on cue – Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba are being readied. 

54 mins: Just for a moment it looked like Chelsea might be in down the left but Aaron Wan-Bissaka recovers well. Surely some changes won’t be far away, from both managers. 

51 mins: No obvious change in shape from either side at the break, but United have won an early corner down on this near side. 



We are back underway…

Right then, the players are back out, Marcus Rashford is among the United side, and please, please let them produce something a little more entertaining than that. 

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Date, time and venue

Manchester United vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 5:30pm BST kick-off on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

The match will be behind closed doors at Old Trafford with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

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TV channel: Manchester United vs Chelsea will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Main Event, and is available via Now TV.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.

Team news

Man Utd XI: de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Bruno Fernandes, James, Rashford

Subs: Pogba, Cavani, Greenwood, Henderson, Matic, van de Beek, Tuanzebe

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell, Havertz, Pulisic, Werner

Subs: Rudiger, Abraham, Caballero, Kovacic, Giroud, Mount, Ziyech

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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Brighton 1-3 Chelsea: Frank Lampard wants title challenge after starting season with win

Frank Lampard says his expensively reshaped Chelsea side “have to have intentions to be up there” with champions Liverpool after they began their campaign with victory at Brighton.

Chelsea finished 33 points adrift of the Reds last season and lost both league fixtures against them but have spent around £200m this summer.

Timo Werner – signed from RB Leipzig – and his Germany team-mate Kai Havertz – brought in from Bayer Leverkusen – made their debuts for a side forced to work hard for their win in Monday’s game at Brighton.

Werner was pacy and prominent in the victory, winning a 23rd-minute penalty when he was hauled down by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan, Jorginho scoring the resulting spot-kick.

The new signing had ice strapped to his leg at full-time following the collision to win the penalty but said he would be fit to face Liverpool in Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge.

Brighton lost summer signing Adam Lallana to injury before the break but were back on level terms after 54 minutes when Leandro Trossard’s 20-yard shot squirmed past Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea regained their lead two minutes later when Reece James ripped a 25-yard right-foot shot high past Ryan.

Brighton should have equalised when Lewis Dunk somehow headed wide at the far post, paying the price for the miss when Kurt Zouma’s shot was deflected past Ryan by Adam Webster.

“We definitely want to close that gap to Liverpool – we have to have intentions to be up there even though it is a big ask to win [the title],” said Lampard, who has also signed midfielder Hakim Ziyech and defenders Xavier Mbuyamba, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva this summer.

“We are behind, it’s step by step. Hopefully we can make big strides.”

Rusty Chelsea will take the points

Timo Werner joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig on a five-year deal this summer

Lampard will be delighted to leave Brighton win three points after what was a mixed performance, perhaps understandable for the first Premier League outing of the season.

Lampard got what he wanted, apart from a debut goal, from Werner as he was a constant menace, always on the move and looking to use his speed to get behind the Brighton defence. He had no trouble adjusting to the tempo of the Premier League and there seems little doubt goals will come.

Havertz was a more low-key presence on the right side of midfield in front of James but he worked hard in his 79 minutes and drew warm applause from Lampard for one lengthy recovery run back into his own penalty area to clear danger.

Chelsea were without injured left-back Chilwell, signed for £50m from Leicester City, and Silva as he has only just joined training and Lampard will be keen to get that influential duo into a defence that still looks vulnerable.

Tariq Lamptey’s crosses caused trouble all night and Chelsea were grateful for that headed miss by Dunk at the far post when it looked easier to score.

And once again there were questions over keeper Kepa, who got close to Trossard’s shot but allowed it to creep in.

It seems his time is running out as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper, with the £20m signing of Rennes’ Edouard Mendy apparently imminent.

Brighton rue missed chance

Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana joined Brighton on a free from Liverpool this summer

Brighton can take some satisfaction through the pain of a defeat that will leave manager Graham Potter bitterly frustrated.

The Seagulls acquitted themselves very well and had the game’s outstanding performer in former Chelsea right-back Lamptey, who was industrious and creative in a top-class display.

And the momentum appeared to be with Brighton when Trossard scored a deserved equaliser – only for them to concede a second within two minutes from James’ thunderous finish.

Brighton then wasted the best chance of the game when Dunk headed wide and were unable to recover as Chelsea re-established a two-goal lead.

This was, however, a very respectable performance. On the down side, Potter is facing the issue he must have feared when he signed Lallana from Liverpool.

Lallana is a great asset when fit – but therein lies the problem. He did not last the first half and has now failed to play 90 minutes in the Premier League since he faced Middlesbrough for Liverpool in May 2017.

‘We’ll get better and better’ – what they said

Brighton manager Graham Potter to BBC Sport: “The performance was good in many aspects; we more than matched Chelsea for long periods. I’m disappointed with the opening goal, but errors can happen. We were heavily punished with a wonder strike – and ultimately, if you concede three times it’s hard to win football matches.

“You have moments against the big teams that you need to have go your way and we need to learn from that. But there are positives. Adam Lallana was enjoying the game, he brings that personality, we are pleased with what he has brought to us and we just have to help him get on the field more often.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to BBC Sport: “To come to Brighton and win is a tough ask. We’ve only had a few days, so I didn’t expect the kind of football we want to play. We had to do some of the more difficult things – resilience, throwing yourself in front of the ball, so I’m pleased.

“We’ve had a lot of quarantines, a lot of players who aren’t match fit. That’s how this season has started. There’s a lot of strain on these players and hopefully we’ll get better and better.”

Man of the match – Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)

Tariq Lamptey
Defender Tariq Lamptey made more tackles and interceptions than any of his Brighton team-mates in another impressive display.

2,000 points – the best of the stats

  • This victory earned Chelsea their 2,000th point in the Premier League (1,077 games), making them the third side to reach that total since the competition began in 1992, after Manchester United (2,234) and Arsenal (2,014).
  • Brighton have won just one of their 10 home Premier League games in 2020 (D4 L5), the fewest of any side to have played two or more home matches in the competition this calendar year.
  • Since the start of last season, Chelsea’s 20 away Premier League games have produced 81 goals (42 for, 39 against), at least 14 more than any other side on their travels.
  • Chelsea have scored each of their past 16 penalties in the Premier League, since Eden Hazard missed from the spot against Manchester City in April 2017.
  • Jorginho has scored all eight of the penalties he has taken for Chelsea in all competitions (excluding shootouts), including five in the Premier League.
  • Since he joined Chelsea in 2018, Kepa Arrizabalaga has conceded more Premier League goals from outside the box (19) than any other goalkeeper. Indeed, excluding blocked shots, Kepa has conceded nine of the past 13 overall shots on target he has faced in the Premier League.
  • Leandro Trossard has scored three goals in his past six Premier League games for Brighton, as many as he netted in his first 26 appearances in the competition before this.
  • Kurt Zouma scored what was only his second Premier League goal for Chelsea (72nd appearance), and his first since September 2015 against Arsenal.

What’s next?

Brighton host Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Thursday, 17 September (19:45 BST) and return to Premier League action at Newcastle on Sunday, 20 September (14:00).

Meanwhile, Chelsea host champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 20 September (16:30) in the Premier League.



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