Frank Lampard was sacked as Chelsea head coach after just 18 months and is replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
In a statement, Chelsea said “the results and performances have not met the club’s expectations, leaving the club in midfield with no clear path to sustainable improvement”.
Tuchel, who left PSG in December and previously headed Borussia Dortmund, will be Chelsea’s next head coach. He is slated to be named before the Wolves game on Wednesday. The German is the only candidate for the role.
Lampard, who is the club’s most successful goalscorer, had a good first season as blues boss, taking her to the FA Cup final and securing qualification for the Champions League.
After spending more than £ 200m on new players in the summer, Chelsea are ninth in the Premier League after 19 games, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United and five points ahead of Liverpool in fourth.
Lampard took the team unbeaten in 17 games, but lost away from Everton, Wolves, Arsenal and Leicester and lost 3-1 at home to Manchester City cost him his job.
In a statement, Abramovich said: “This has been a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and have the greatest respect for him.
“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest work ethic. However, in the current circumstances, we believe it is best to change managers.
“On behalf of all members of the club, the board of directors and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as head coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished Stamford Bridge welcomed. “
Chelsea had tried to bring in an interim manager, but RB Leipzig’s former sports director Ralf Rangnick turned down the opportunity.
Tuchel won the DFB Cup in 2017 with Dortmund before winning a brief but trophy-laden time in Paris, during which he won two Ligue 1 titles and a French cup and reached the final of last season’s Champions League, the they had lost to Bayern Munich.
Insight: Why Chelsea felt they had to act now
Kaveh Solhekol from Sky Sports:
“Roman Abramovich’s quotes about the dismissal show how much respect he shows Frank Lampard. Abramovich has never commented on football issues.
“The decision was difficult because it was Lampard, but easy because something was going on on the pitch.
“Lampard lost his job because the board was very concerned about the results and performance, particularly the fact that he has the worst points per game record of any manager in the Abramovich era.
“The board could not see any possibility for Lampard to reverse the negative direction of travel.
“The board was very concerned about the lack of confidence, form and momentum.
“Lampard was told at the beginning of the season that the goal was to close the gap between Liverpool and Manchester City and challenge them at the front. That didn’t happen so a change had to be made. The goal wasn’t just the end. ” in the top 4.
“Chelsea felt they had no choice but to make changes now to give Thomas Tuchel as much time as possible to turn their season around.
“Tuchel is appointed because he is the best man for the job – it has nothing to do with being German, and nothing to do with trying to get the best out of Werner, Havertz and Rüdiger.
“Lampard was told this morning. As always, he took it like the ultimate pro.”
Analysis: Chelsea is losing patience with the Lampard project
Pete Smith from Sky Sports:
Those losses to Manchester City and Leicester mean that Chelsea haven’t won any of the six games against teams that are currently above them in the table. It’s a statistic that doesn’t do well on a head coach trying to gain respect for his tactical skills.
The constant team changes in the last few weeks, in which Antonio Rüdiger quickly rose from exile to the central defender of choice, Jorginho suddenly returned to midfield – and Lampard put no fewer than 17 combinations in the first three games of the Premier League and the Champions League a .
The goals conceded, the column, the vulnerability to set pieces and the lavish finishing continued to hold the team back despite the expensive effort, and Lampard leaves the team with 29 points in ninth place in the Premier League. That is five places and three points worse than at the same time last season.
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