Joe Cole says Lampard's sacking was the 'harshest' under Abramovich

Joe Cole claims Frank Lampard’s Chelsea sacking was the ‘harshest’ in the Roman Abramovich era and insists his old club ‘have made a mistake’ by getting rid of his former team-mate

  • Joe Cole has slammed Chelsea’s decision to sack club legend Frank Lampard
  • Lampard was axed on January 25 and replaced by Thomas Tuchel a day later 
  • Cole believes Lampard deserved more time and that the decision was harsh
  • The former Chelsea player added that certain players hold too much power 

Joe Cole has slammed the decision made by Chelsea to sack club legend Frank Lampard.

Thomas Tuchel was appointed as manager on Tuesday, just 24 hours after Cole’s former team-mate was shown the door.

Chelsea and Lampard were going through a tough spell in recent times, but the retired-midfielder had guided the club into the Champions League with a top-four finish last season.

Joe Cole says Chelsea have made a mistake in sacking his former team-mate Frank Lampard

Lampard was sacked by Chelsea on January 25 and replaced by Thomas Tuchel a day later

Speaking on the latest edition of the All To Play For podcast by bookmaker Coral, he said: ‘The sacking of Frank is the harshest of all the Chelsea managers which have been dismissed.

‘He has not had a bad spell in 18 months. I think it’s a mistake letting him go. Time will tell if I am right though.

‘I was at Chelsea for seven years and that seems to be the culture of the club. They have gone through managers very quickly.

‘Roman and his team will argue that since he took ownership, no club has won more trophies than Chelsea, and he is right there.

‘Logic tells you that you need stability. I thought Frank had that from the outside.

‘Let’s not forget he was bringing through the likes of Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham. Chelsea players through and through.

‘They possibly over-achieved last year. When you are blooding through that many young players, it is not easy. They finished well in the league and got to the FA Cup final.’

Chelsea sat top of the league in early December after a 3-1 win against Leeds, though they suffered a downturn in form after.

Cole added the decision to sack Lampard was the harshest axing under Roman Abramovich

The Blues lost five of their next eight games against Everton, Wolves, Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester.

Lampard’s Chelsea sat ninth at the time of his sacking, and Tuchel’s first game on Wednesday saw them held to a goalless draw by Wolves.

Former England and Chelsea star Cole criticised Chelsea further by saying certain players hold too much power. 

He said: ‘It is a difficult one for me to comment on as I know everybody involved. I know Frank, Jody Morris, Petr Cech and the owner.

Tuchel will be looking to turn around Chelsea’s fortunes with the club sitting in eighth place

‘The people who made the decision will argue it isn’t a problem. There does seem to be an issue at the club though, in that certain players have too much of an influence over what goes on.

‘They have a direct line up to those making the decisions over who is in charge – that needs to stop if Thomas Tuchel is to be a success. In six months, there will be 11 players out of the team and not in form.

‘They cannot go to their agents or however they go about it and start bringing discontent to the club. Imagine if that went on at Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge?’

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