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lampard axed Frank Lampard gives his first reaction after his reign as Chelsea manager ends

Lampard left Derby at the end of the 2018-19 season to take over at Stamford Bridge.

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Thomas Tuchel (right) is set to replace Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss (PA)

Thomas Tuchel (right) is set to replace Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss (PA)

Thomas Tuchel (right) is set to replace Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss (PA)

Frank Lampard has admitted he is frustrated by the lack of time he has been given as Chelsea manager after he was sacked on Monday morning.

Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thimas Tuchel is expected to replace Lampard as Blues boss, with the Stamford Bridge legend giving a statement to the League Managers Association as he summed up his mood.

"It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long," he said.

"When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.

"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.”

After sundayworld.com reported last week that Lampard was on the brink of the sack, the decision has now been made to make the change and a statement was released on the club's website.

"Chelsea Football Club have today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard," read a statement on the club's website.

"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."

There was even a rare quote from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich issued by the club as he stated: "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.

"On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board 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. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge."

While there was always good will towards Lampard from Chelsea fans after his glorious playing career with the club, his side have failed to deliver this season after a huge investment in the transfer market last summer.

Chelsea’s record goalscorer signed a three-year deal in the summer of 2019 and in spite of a transfer ban, led them to the FA Cup final and a fourth-place finish in his first managerial campaign at Stamford Bridge.

With cash to spend ahead of this season, the arrivals of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have failed to translate into improved results and they are ninth in the Premier League at the halfway point.

The Blues have lost six times already in the division, with five of them during their last eight matches and the scrutiny on the former midfielder increased even more following the comprehensive loss at Leicester.

We understand the decision to sack Lampard was made several days before his exit was confirmed, with alternative candidates contacted last week as the club made the decision to make a change.

Former RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick is reported to have been contacted about taking over as interim Chelsea manager earlier this month, with current Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann believed to be have admirers among the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

Yet Tuchel now looks set to be handed the task of getting Chelsea firing, with the German tactician left in little doubt that he will face a similar fate to Lampard if he does not bring instant results.

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