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Official: Chelsea sack Frank Lampard

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Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Visionhaus

Well, Chelsea have shocked the football world once again (even though none of this should be shocking at this point), by sacking manager and club legend Frank Lampard today, after a poor run of form that saw the Blues pick up just 7 points from 24 with just two wins in our last eight Premier League matches. Not that long ago, we were in the midst of a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions and were subject to budding title-challenge talk. Fortunes change quickly in football, indeed.

Despite a fine first season — a top four finish and reaching the FA Cup final, even as we began dealing with the sporting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic — Lampard’s time has run out already, just 18 months into his tenure. Chelsea’s apparent lack of progress and improvement on last season despite a £200m spending spree this summer has once again seen short-termism triumph over best laid long-term plans.

Maybe that’s the natural order of things in modern football.

Obviously, results have not been great, with the team languishing outside the top-four and getting entrenched down in mid-table in fact. Lampard had hope that we’d turn it around, and we undoubtedly will. Alas, we will do so without him.

Thanks for everything, Super Frank. Until we meet again...