Social media has lit up after Chelsea was sacked as manager Frank Lampard after less than two years in charge.
Lampard was appointed as Chelsea boss in the summer of 2019 and has been building a squad of young and hungry players but, after a good start to this season, the team have hit a bad run of form and owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly run out of patience.
Reports that Frank Lampard will be sacked by @ChelseaFC today. Utterly ludicrous after his first bad run. It was always going to need time given so many new signings feeling their way into a new club. Patience being a virtue is seldom recognised in this sport. They never learn.— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) January 25, 2021
Chelsea have slipped to ninth in the Premier League table and Abramovich reportedly is set to replace Lampard with Thomas Tuchel, the German former manager of Paris St Germain.
In a statement on the club's website Abramovich said: "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. 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."
Former England and Barcelona striker Gary Lineker, now a top TV presenter, tweeted that the decision to sack Lampard was “utterly ludicrous” and added: “Patience being a virtue is seldon recognised in this sport. They never learn.”
Thomas Tuchel is set to become the new Chelsea manager, confirmed. Frank Lampard will be officially sacked today - Tuchel has accepted the #CFC job and is expected to sign in the coming hours. 🔵— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 25, 2021
RB Lepzig won’t let Nagelsmann go now + Allegri is considering other options/clubs. https://t.co/KODPcJAFF5
Chelsea beat Luton, of the second tier, on Sunday, 24 January, with two goals from England striker Tammy Abraham in the opening 17 minutes.
But goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was at fault when Luton scored and striker Timo Werner - a key summer signing by Lampard - again under-performed.
Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 25, 2021
Chelsea now travel to Barnsley in the fifth round with the FA Cup presenting the club’s best chance of a trophy this season.
Never a shock when Chelsea change managers. They do it so often. But quite ruthless to fire Frank Lampard at first sign of trouble. Deserved more time after fine first season. For Chelsea fans , it’s like shooting Bambi.— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) January 25, 2021
Thomas Tuchel, who is set to replace him, was fired as Paris St Germain manager last month, only five months after leading them to a Champions League final, which they lost to Bayern Munich.
The 47-year-old German won two consecutive league titles with PSG and before that impressed at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.