Frank Lampard discovered he had been sacked as Chelsea head coach after being summoned to Stamford Bridge for a meeting with club officials early on Monday morning, according to reports.
Roman Abramovich has dropped his much-bloodied managerial axe once again, parting company with Lampard just 18 months into his Blues tenure amid a nightmare run of five defeats in eight matches.
The club’s all-time leading goalscorer enjoyed an impressive debut season in the hot-seat, steering Chelsea to a top-four finish and reaching the FA Cup final despite their transfer embargo.
But having spent £220million in the previous window, Abramovich has been left concerned by a dismal run of recent form which has left them down in ninth place.
The ruthless Russian has therefore pulled the trigger on his former player in a bid to save their season, with reports suggesting Thomas Tuchel will replace him.
According to The Sun, Lampard was summoned to Stamford Bridge for a 9am meeting with chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia, where he was told he has lost his job.
The 42-year-old had been preparing to set off for their Cobham training complex when he received the call, but he knew what was coming when he arrived.
It is believed there were no angry exchanges in what proved a thoroughly professional and equally difficult conversation, which lasted around 30 minutes as he was informed of Abramovich’s reasoning.
His coaching staff, including assistants Jody Morris and Chris Jones, were also contacted by club chiefs and given the news.
The Chelsea hierarchy reportedly felt Lampard’s tenure was heading in the wrong direction after their Christmas stuffing away at Arsenal on Boxing Day.
Abramovich’s personal rapport with the club legend meant he did not pull the plug immediately.
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However, last week’s 2-0 defeat away at Leicester left Abramovich searching for evidence that Lampard could pull them out of their slump in Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Luton.
The cold-blooded owner is said to have been unimpressed with the performance despite their 3-1 victory, meaning he saw fit to drop his axe once again.
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