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Club legend Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea

Football is a brutal game, on and off the field. Frank Lampard, a Chelsea legend, has been sacked by the club after a string of bad results.

As a player, the exploits of Frank Lampard while he was at Chelsea are legendary. He’s the all-time leading goal-scorer for the club with 211. Doing that from midfield is no mean feat. Unfortunately, as head coach, things haven’t gone as well.

After a promising beginning to his tenure, and finishing last season in the Champions League-bound top four, the London club has slumped to mid-table at the halfway point of this season. He was sacked on Monday morning and has been replaced by former Paris Saint Germain boss, Thomas Tuchel.

Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed as the new Chelsea manager. Photo: Getty Images

The contrast between this season and last has been exacerbated by the resources that Lampard has had at his disposal.

In 2019, Chelsea was hit with a transfer ban as FIFA found the club to be in breach of regulations relating to the registration of players under 18. Long story short, Chelsea couldn’t bring in any new players. And after losing the talismanic presence of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, things were looking gloomy for Lampard as a new coach. Despite the imposition, Chelsea was galvanised by an influx of fresh local talent from their youth academy and achieved results well above expectations.

This season, things were different. The shackles were off and one of the wealthiest clubs in Europe was free to lash out on the transfer market. The club brought in a host of expensive talent — around £222 million worth.

With that kind of outlay, the expectations (and pressure) on Lampard was increased significantly. Club legend or not, Chelsea was losing, so they made a move.

Thomas Tuchel, who recently took French club Paris Saint Germain to a Champions League final (who was then shown the door himself) has already been confirmed as the new manager.