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Fired: After poor results Frank Lampard is no longer Chelsea manager | The State

He Chelsea have fired their coach Frank Lampard due to the poor results obtained this season, the team reported this Monday, and will be replaced by the German Thomas tuchelaccording to the Sky Sports television channel.

With this decision, the 42-year-old former Chelsea midfielder leaves the post after just eighteen months, with the team in ninth position in the Premier League after 19 games, following the recent loss to Leicester City.

According to the British media, ampard, from where he was fired last December to make way for Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.

It has been a very difficult decision, and one that has not been taken lightly by owner Roman Abramovich and the Council, ”the club said in a statement.

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For its part, Abramovich highlighted the “excellent personal relationship and respect” that he feels for the technician, but considered it convenient to replace him “under the current circumstances.” “He is an important icon of this great club and its status here does not diminish. You will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge ”, stressed the owner.

Not even the great investment in transfers made by Abramovich last summer, with the incorporation of figures such as Kai Havertz, Timo Werner or Hakim Ziyech, has managed to secure Lampard on a bench as hot as Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had a great 17-game unbeaten streak this season, before begin to collapse in mid-December in a series of defeats against direct rivals for the Champions League positions.

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Lampard “dreams of managing Barcelona” after missing out on move as player

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reportedly has a long-term dream to coach in Spain – and is specifically attracted to Catalan giants Barcelona.

The 42-year-old started his managerial career with Derby County in 2018, but spent just one season at Pride Park before taking the reigns at the Blues.

He has had an up-and-down spell so far, and is coming under increasing pressure after a run of form which has seen Chelsea win just one of their last six Premier League games.

But according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balagué, Lampard has high hopes for the future – and is keen to one day take charge at the Nou Camp.

Frank Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea

Speaking on the Esport3 program ‘Onze’, Balagué said: “His dream is to train in La Liga and do what he couldn’t do during his days as a player.

“He would like to sit in the dugout at the Nou Camp and coach Barca in the not too distant future.”

Lampard was linked with a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona numerous times during his playing career.

But in the end nothing materialised, and in the end he spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge, where he won three Premier League titles and a Champions League.

Despite his apparent hopes and dreams, for now Lampard’s focus will simply be on keeping his job at Chelsea.

Lampard faced Barcelona a number of times as a player

He and his side have a great chance to get back to winning ways when they host Morecambe in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup on Sunday before taking on Fulham in a West London derby in the Premier League next Friday.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are currently managed by Ronald Koeman, and their hopes of winning La Liga this season seem all but over as they sit ten points behind leaders Atletico Madrid having played a game more.

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Chelsea’s reasons for rejecting Tuchel come to light amid fresh links with Blues

Chelsea were reportedly warned against appointing Thomas Tuchel as manager a number of seasons ago as they weighed up replacing Antonio Conte.

Tuchel was tipped to take the Stamford Bridge hot seat in 2017 after his sacking as Borussia Dortmund boss.

Blues chiefs were concerned then-manager Conte would leave his role at the end of the 2016/17 season despite him leading the club to the Premier League title.

And managers including Tuchel and Massimiliano Allegri quickly staked their claims to take over in west London.

But Chelsea were fired a warning that Tuchel might prove just as troublesome as Conte or former boss Jose Mourinho, according to the Daily Telegraph .

Tuchel is once again linked with the Chelsea job

The revelation comes as Tuchel is once again linked with the Chelsea job, with the club’s hierarchy exploring the possibility of replacing Frank Lampard.

The Blues are on a dismal run of four defeats in their last six Premier League games, with Tuchel, Allegri and Brendan Rodgers among the host of managers mooted to replace Lampard.

Tuchel was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain on Christmas Eve and is alleged to have fallen out with numerous players and members of staff at both Dortmund and the Ligue 1 club.

Tuchel was tipped to replace Conte, who had a poor relationship with the Chelsea board

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Taking note of the warning they received, Chelsea stuck by Conte for the 2017/18 season and he brought the club FA Cup glory.

But the Italian endured a fractious relationship with club chiefs and was dismissed at the end of the campaign, with Maurizio Sarri brought in to replace him.

Sarri’s lone season as Chelsea boss did little to remedy the relationship between manager and board, but his successor – club legend Frank Lampard – has helped repair the schism.

Nonetheless, Chelsea face a decision over how much time to give Lampard to turn his side’s form around before replacing him.

Whether they will pass over Tuchel – who had a formidable 74.8 per cent win rate at PSG – to maintain harmony between manager and board remains to be seen.

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Carragher advises Liverpool against hiring Gerrard now despite Rangers success

Jamie Carragher wouldn’t want Steven Gerrard to currently come in and take charge of Liverpool with his lack of managerial experience.

The Reds legend was discussing players of his generation – namely Frank Lampard and Gerrard – becoming managers of big teams.

Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea following a string of poor results and now has the third worst win rate of any manager under the Roman Abramovich era.

But Carragher explained why he won’t criticise his former England team-mate as much as someone like Jose Mourinho.

“I think people in our position get questioned on Frank,” Carragher mused on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. “In that we played with him, if this was a different manager we’d be a lot more critical. They’re right. And I’d be a lot more critical of managers on that list [former Chelsea managers].

Liverpool have been urged to not rush into hiring Steven Gerrard.

“Not because I played with Frank Lampard because I don’t expect Frank Lampard to win the league at Chelsea. I don’t expect him to win the Champions League.

“The other managers who come in with CVs, they’ve got years of experience, they’ve won the big trophies. Mourinho comes in, Hiddink, Ancelotti – all these great managers. So I would be more critical of them.”

Lampard’s only management post before Chelsea was 12 months at Derby. Carragher explained that Lampard’s appointment was more an emotional one and warned Liverpool not to rush into making the same decision with Gerrard. Even if Rangers currently top the Scottish Premiership.

Gerrard and Carragher played and won alongside each other.

“Frank Lampard has come into a job and I think of players in my generation. I think of myself. I watch Klopp on the line and I think I want to be Klopp, on the sideline, fist-pumping the Kop when Liverpool have won it. Looks amazing,” continued Carragher.

“Frank wants to be Jose Mourinho, John Terry wants to be Jose Mourinho. I’m sure Thierry Henry looks at Arsene Wenger and thinks I’d love to do that, I could do that. What I would say about players of our generation is, and it’s why I took this job and didn’t go into management, I want to be Jurgen Klopp managing Liverpool. But I don’t want to go to Mainz for seven years and work my way up.

Frank Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea.
Frank Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea.

“That’s what I’m talking about with Frank. I actually admire Frank for the job he did last year and what’s happening now, I love his interview after the game. But I look at managers now – Frank being one, going into a top job on the back of 12 months at Derby. The experience isn’t there. He hasn’t got the job on the fact of being a great manager he’s got the job on the fact of ‘Chelsea – Frank Lampard’.

“Gary [Neville] went to Valencia. Big job, how could you say now. How could Frank say no. But they don’t have that experience to fall back on. Theirry Henry goes to Monaco, hasn’t got that experience to fall back on. They haven’t learned the ups and downs of managing and coaching.

“Stevie Gerrard’s another one who’s gone to Rangers – doing really well. Looks like he’ll win the title this season. Would I want Steven Gerrard to be the Liverpool manager without more experience? Possibly not. Because I just think when you get those really big jobs and you haven’t got that experience you’ve got nothing to fall back on when times are tough as they will be for the next few weeks for Frank.

“Players of my generation, certainly me, I don’t want to go down to the lower leagues and learn about coaching.”

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Christian Pulisic issues rallying cry to Chelsea teammates amid dismal form

Christian Pulisic has warned Chelsea must show character to get through their “tough period”.

Manager Frank Lampard is under mounting pressure at Stamford Bridge after a dismal run which has seen his Blues side lose four of their last six games and slip behind in the title race.

It has put the spotlight on Lampard and left him facing questions about his future, especially after they were blitzed by Manchester City in Sunday’s first half.

But Pulisic is convinced that they can turn it around and get their season back on track as they face Fulham, Leicester and Wolves after this weekend’s FA Cup third round tie with Morecambe.

Christian Pulisic and his Chelsea side slumped to another defeat against Manchester City on Sunday

Pulisic said: “We’re in a tough period. It’s going to happen to everyone at times and we have been in these situations ourselves before.

“We have a game next week where we need to start turning it around. We need to get results quickly. We will watch the Manchester City game back, look at it as a team and see what we can improve on.

“It’s not going to be easy but we need to show character now.”

Lampard is not in any immediate danger but is under no illusions that, after spending £200million last summer, Chelsea must show an ­improvement this season.

The club legend is likely to be given the season to turn things around, but owner Roman Abramovich clearly wants Champions League football.

Pressure is mounting on Frank Lampard

There are some big-name coaches on the market, like Thomas Tuchel after his ­departure from Paris Saint-Germain, and former Juventus boss Max Allegri admits he fancies a move to English football.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl’s progress at St Mary’s will not have gone unnoticed among the Blues hierarchy either. But ­Lampard did well to get into the top four last season and is not even halfway into his second term, so no judgements have been taken.

But the worry must be that he must get more from the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, as the ­German stars have shown just flashes of their potential, while injuries have held back Hakim Ziyech.

Pulisic was encouraged that at least the team dug deep in the second half against City.

He said: “We ­conceded goals with a lot of counter situations and we were not prepared to stop that, so the first half ­really let us down.

The likes of Timo Werner have failed to spark at Stamford Bridge

“We had to go back out and show character. We are never going to give up. We know we have talented guys and a good team but we need to show it, which is what we did in the second half.

“It’s not easy to come back from three goals down but it’s happened before so we gave it everything and managed to get one back.

“But it was just too little, too late.”

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Chelsea ‘draw up four-man shortlist’ of potential Frank Lampard replacements

Chelsea are believed to have identified four potential managerial targets to replace Frank Lampard if their poor form continues.

The Blues have won just one of their last six Premier League games and Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City saw the pressure on Lampard ramp up.

It is not believed the club legend is in immediate danger of the sack, but any further slip-ups before the end of January could see Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich pull the trigger.

And according to The Independent Thomas Tuchel, Max Allegri, Brendan Rodgers and Ralph Hasenhuttl are the names being considered if Lampard is handed his P45.

Frank Lampard’s position at Chelsea looks to be under threat

Tuchel was recently fired by Paris Saint-Germain, and will no doubt be desperate to return to management as soon as possible.

The German won two Ligue 1 titles during his time in France, and has also taken charge of the likes of Dortmund and Mainz.

Allegri, meanwhile, is another coach in search of a new club having not been in employment since Juventus at the end of the 2018-19 season.

After winning a total of six Serie A titles during his time at the helm at AC Milan and Juve, Allegri certainly has the winning experience that Abramovich may be looking for.

Rodgers would be a fascinating choice given his history with Chelsea, with the Leicester boss having worked as head youth coach and reserve team manager at the club in the past.

His impressive spell at Leicester so far make him an attractive proposition, similar to Hasenhuttl, who is overachieving with Southampton this season.

Brendan Rodgers is among those said to be being considered

Whether either Rodgers or Hasenhuttl would be tempted by a switch to Stamford Bridge remains to be seen, however, with Abramovich notorious for not giving managers too much time before demanding results.

Lampard’s Chelsea are next in action on Sunday when they take on Morecambe in the FA Cup before they return to Premier League duties with a West London derby against Fulham on January 15.

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Danny Murphy sends Liverpool “worrying” Premier League title message

Danny Murphy says Liverpool have received a “worrying” reminder that Manchester City are still very much in this Premier League title race.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been a little off-colour this campaign by their usual high standards and were seven points behind Liverpool ahead of their match with Chelsea.

But after dispatching Frank Lampard’s Blues 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, former Red Murphy warned Liverpool they need to keep an eye on City.

“If we needed a reminder that City were in this title race, we got it, we really did,” said the Murphy, who also played for Tottenham and Fulham, on Match of the Day Two.

“There were some brilliant individual performances but it was the mindset and the mentality of the team. It was the way they set up tactically that won the game for me. This was a different Manchester City than I have seen in previous months.

Danny Murphy says Liverpool have received a reminder that Man City are in this title race

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“[Kevin] De Bruyne played as a false nine and he was magnificent. Look at the width [Raheem] Sterling and [Phil] Foden gave the team.

“[Ilkay] Gundogan and [Bernardo] Silva were ahead of Rodri. They were much more adventurous, much more courageous.

“I loved the way [Guardiola] deployed the full-backs. They were inside and, at times, like midfielders. [Joao] Cancelo was brilliant. [Oleksandr] Zinchenko on the left-hand side, played well, coming inside.

“We have seen City play with that exciting mindset for the last couple of seasons and that’s what we see here. They were free-flowing. Rodri was left holding the midfield on his own and that’s what we want to see City do, generally.

“Watching Foden today made me think of a reason why Pep hasn’t played him more and that could apply for a few players. A complete performance and that’s worrying for everyone else.”

Manchester City ran out 3-1 winners over Chelsea on Sunday night

He added: “I think it is a very unique season for lots of reasons, as we know, and it is brilliant for the neutral to watch. I still can’t see past Liverpool and Manchester City as one and two, although United fans will be hopeful they can produce something.

“We are certainly not going to see anyone running away with it, but yes, Liverpool and Man City for me as one and two and maybe Chelsea to come back and have a run with the squad they have got.”

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Merson hails Solskjaer strength which has allowed Fernandes to shine

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his ability to get the best out of Bruno Fernandes.

The midfielder has been a large reason behind Manchester United’s renaissance this season.

It has seen them fly up the Premier League in recent weeks and they are second, level on points with leaders Liverpool.

It is a remarkable turnaround from the start of the season, when Solskjaer was coming under huge pressure.

And former Arsenal star Merson has commended the United boss for his managerial prowess.

“I would say so (that he was the signing of 2020) and I think it’s great management from Solskjaer for what he’s done,” he told Sky Sports.

Bruno Fernandes has been United’s best player this season

“He can play whatever way he wants to play. No other Manchester United player can go out and play the way he plays.

“Certain times in games he’s anonymous and other players might get brought off but he can do what he wants.

“The Leicester goal he tries to nutmeg inside his own half, but he plays his own way and I think that’s brilliant by the manager.

“It’s very rare you get that at a big football club that you can have someone told go and do whatever you want to do.

“Try whatever you want to try and if it doesn’t come off you’re alright.

“It’s great management and I think he’s a special player.

“I love watching him play and what I love about him when it isn’t going well he’ll just keep on doing what he’s doing, he won’t hide and that’s what you call brave.

Fernandes has been in fine form this season

“Brave’s not going into 60-40 tackles against, brave is when it’s not going well and you keep getting on the ball.”

Fernandes has been a revelation in the Premier League this season, netting 11 times and grabbing seven assists in 16 Premier League appearances.

Only Mohamed Salah and Heung-min Son have scored more than him in the league with Harry Kane and Kevin de Bruyne the only ones having more assists.

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Neville blasts three Chelsea flops for being ‘nowhere near good enough’ in loss

Gary Neville has slammed there players he thinks were a big part of the reason why Chelsea lost to Manchester City on Sunday.

Frank Lampard’s side were beaten 3-1 by City at Stamford Bridge after three Sky Blues goals in the first half put them in total control.

And Manchester United legend Neville insists that the three midfielders failed to stop City from dominating.

“I have to say the midfield of Kante, Mount and Kovacic have been nowhere near good enough,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“It’s been nowhere near good enough in this last 20 minutes. They’ve allowed Manchester City to get a real grip in this game.

Gary Neville was unimpressed by Chelsea’s midfield

“The full backs of Chilwell and Azpilicueta have really struggled but it’s that midfield that has really struggled to get a grip.”

Blues boss Lampard admitted that his side failed to stop City where they knew they could hurt them, but insisted that his players had the ability to bounce back from their recent run of three games without a win.

Mateo Kovacic underperformed for Chelsea

Lampard said after the loss: ”Everyone a month ago saying we could win the league I was pretty sure in terms of a rebuild, the ban and the youth that there were going to be periods of pain we were going to go through.

“When a team gives you a problem it has to be dealt with but we didn’t.

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“We have character – we have 16 games unbeaten. A month ago people are asking where is this going to go, when are you signing a new contract and now they’re saying the opposite.

“I’ll be the first to look at myself today but I know where we’re at and I know what it takes to churn out the level that City were at today. It’s normal that we take knocks but now is a test.”

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Lampard ready to fight for Chelsea future as pressure mounts with Man City loss

Frank Lampard insists he is ready to fight for his job after another defeat piled even more pressure on him.

Lampard suffered a fourth defeat in six Premier League games as Manchester City put on a first half masterclass with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden.

Chelsea boss Lampard admitted he expects the heat to be on his position but insists he must be given time and it is unrealistic to make the club title contenders despite their £200m summer spending spree.

Lampard said: “But we have to keep fighting and I am the first one that has to keep fighting.

Lampard is ready to do battle with his job on the line

“I’ll always feel heat and I felt heat when we were on a good run because I knew that round the corner there could be a negative.

“I will never speak for people on the board. I can’t do that. As much as I can’t answer the questions ago if I would get a new contract, as much as I can’t answer now about the difficult run of results. I can only speak as I see it, as the manager of the club.

“There is never going to be an upward trajectory that goes up and up. When we had an unbeaten run of 16 games, great but I still saw the flaws. I still tried to work on them now as I am trying to do now. Nothing can distract me from that.”

Chelsea were soundly beaten at home by City

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Lampard is one of the club’s greatest ever players but he admits that he knows from his time back then that it was always going to be difficult.

Lampard added: “I understand it, I played here for a long time and the minute you lose games in a short period of time, then everyone looks and asks questions.

“The expectations are different this year because everyone says: ‘you spent this amount of money’ when the reality is that a lot of the players who have come in are new, young and have been injured. It’s the first time I’ve been able to play [Hakim] Ziyech, [Timo] Werner and [Christian] Pulisic in the same team.

Guardiola was pleased with his side’s showing at Stamford Bridge

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“If we’re expecting the relationship between them three the same as De Bruyne, [Raheem] Sterling and Bernardo Silva or whoever then those expectations are not real. I am the one being real.

“I was real after Leeds saying we’re not title contenders, I’m real now saying this club has to take some pain to get to where we want to be takes pain. It means pain behind the scenes, pain on the pitch and we have to show character.”

City boss Pep Guardiola said: “We played really well. Unfortunately the last goal but the result at Stamford Bridge is fantastic. Today we were back like we were two or three seasons ago. An important win at Chelsea away.

“The Premier League is weird for everything [this season]. Everything is weird, just have to be focused during the games but otherwise relax. Hopefully in the Premier League in the last six, seven games we can be there fighting.”

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