Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard As Thomas Tuchel set to replace him

The Blues icon has left Stamford Bridge after just 18 months in charge, with the former Borussia Dortmund and PSG coach due to take overnull

Frank Lampard (left)/ Thomas Tuchel (right)

Frank Lampard has been sacked from his role as Chelsea manager and will be replaced by former Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel.

Lampard had been in charge for just over 18 months, but leaves following five defeats in the last eight games.

He will be replaced by Tuchel, with Goal understanding that a verbal agreement as been in place between Chelsea and their incoming manager for a couple of days before the news of Lampard’s departure became public.

Chelsea confirmed Lampard’s exit on Monday morning with owner Roman Abramovich making an unprecedented statement, with Tuchel expected to be appointed in the next 24 hours.

Lampard led Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup on Sunday, but the club’s Premier League form has led to growing concerns.

The 42-year-old achieved a top-four finish last season, which was deemed impressive having taken over when the club were under a transfer ban.

However, this season Chelsea spent £220 million ($275m) on new signings to try and close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.

It hasn’t worked, with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz suffering prolonged periods of poor form under their new manager while Chelsea’s performances as a team were increasingly getting worse.

Club chairman Bruce Buck watched on with technical and performance advisor Petr Cech as Leicester City ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against Lampard’s side in their most recent league fixture. 

The loss to Brendan Rodgers’ men was just the latest of a series of defeats against the Premier League’s best teams, which recently included reverses against Manchester City and Arsenal.

Chelsea have only beaten West Ham of the top 11 clubs this season, while picking up the second-lowest number of points at this stage of a season since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Lampard earned 1.67 points per match in the league, which is the lowest of any manager appointed since Abramovich bought Chelsea.

The former England midfielder had been open to continuing but the decision was taken out of his hands by those higher up.

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Tuchel, who has been angling himself for the role, could be the right man to get the most out of both Werner and Havertz, as well as Christian Pulisic who was brought through Dortmund’s academy.

Meanwhile, Lampard’s legendary status remains intact and many Chelsea fans would have been happy to see him continue. A display had been planned for the Shed End part of the stadium, urging Chelsea to stick with their all-time record scorer, with 211 goals, and manager.

Lampard previously managed Derby County after retiring from a glorious playing career that saw him win the Champions League and three Premier League titles.

Source: Goal

Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard As Thomas Tuchel set to replace him

The Blues icon has left Stamford Bridge after just 18 months in charge, with the former Borussia Dortmund and PSG coach due to take overnull

Frank Lampard (left)/ Thomas Tuchel (right)

Frank Lampard has been sacked from his role as Chelsea manager and will be replaced by former Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel.

Lampard had been in charge for just over 18 months, but leaves following five defeats in the last eight games.

He will be replaced by Tuchel, with Goal understanding that a verbal agreement as been in place between Chelsea and their incoming manager for a couple of days before the news of Lampard’s departure became public.

Chelsea confirmed Lampard’s exit on Monday morning with owner Roman Abramovich making an unprecedented statement, with Tuchel expected to be appointed in the next 24 hours.

Lampard led Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup on Sunday, but the club’s Premier League form has led to growing concerns.

The 42-year-old achieved a top-four finish last season, which was deemed impressive having taken over when the club were under a transfer ban.

However, this season Chelsea spent £220 million ($275m) on new signings to try and close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.

It hasn’t worked, with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz suffering prolonged periods of poor form under their new manager while Chelsea’s performances as a team were increasingly getting worse.

Club chairman Bruce Buck watched on with technical and performance advisor Petr Cech as Leicester City ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against Lampard’s side in their most recent league fixture. 

The loss to Brendan Rodgers’ men was just the latest of a series of defeats against the Premier League’s best teams, which recently included reverses against Manchester City and Arsenal.

Chelsea have only beaten West Ham of the top 11 clubs this season, while picking up the second-lowest number of points at this stage of a season since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Lampard earned 1.67 points per match in the league, which is the lowest of any manager appointed since Abramovich bought Chelsea.

The former England midfielder had been open to continuing but the decision was taken out of his hands by those higher up.

Former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel is set to be the man to come in to Stamford Bridge, following his sacking by Ligue 1 champions PSG just before Christmas.Article continues below

Tuchel, who has been angling himself for the role, could be the right man to get the most out of both Werner and Havertz, as well as Christian Pulisic who was brought through Dortmund’s academy.

Meanwhile, Lampard’s legendary status remains intact and many Chelsea fans would have been happy to see him continue. A display had been planned for the Shed End part of the stadium, urging Chelsea to stick with their all-time record scorer, with 211 goals, and manager.

Lampard previously managed Derby County after retiring from a glorious playing career that saw him win the Champions League and three Premier League titles.

Source: Goal

Barca Player Luis Suarez tells Lautaro Martinez not to join Barcelona, gives reason

Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, has given reasons why Inter Milan forward, Lautaro Martinez, should not leave the Serie A giant amid interest from the Blaugrana.

According to Suarez, Martinez would have less prominence in Spain if he joins Barcelona than he does at Inter in Italy.

DanielsPost recalls that Martinez has drawn the interest of Barcelona in the past few weeks.

The Argentine international is one of Barca’s top targets this summer, but the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) means they are unlikely to meet the player’s £97million buy-out clause.

But Suarez wants the 22-year-old to continue his development at San Siro, rather than compete for a place in Barcelona’s attack next season.

Speaking to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Uruguayan international said: “If I were him, I wouldn’t change teams. Deciding on whether to stay or not is very complicated, although if Messi called him, then it would be easy to think about it.

“However, we are talking about a boy who is still very young, and he has all the time in the world to go for other challenges in the future.

“Let’s say the truth, and he would have less prominence in Spain that he does at Inter. I want to give him some advice: Stay where you are.”

Shanghai Shenhua raises doubt over Odion Ighalo’s permanent move to Manchester United FC

Shanghai Shenhua sporting director, Zhou Jun, has said Odion Ighalo would be a perfect fit at Manchester United.

However, Jun admits the Red Devils might have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, making it hard to sign the Nigerian on a permanent basis.

Ighalo joined United on a six-month loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua in the January transfer window.

The 30-year-old has gone on to score four goals from eight appearances across all competitions.

However, United have to pay the £20 million Shenhua are demanding for him, to keep him beyond this season.

Jun told m.ttplus.cn: “Realistically, Ighalo suits Manchester United. But many things are now uncertain due to COVID-19.

“Would Manchester United be willing to spend? Would their bid reach our expectation?”