Chelsea FC owner, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has described the removal of club legend and outgoing coach Frank Lampard as a very difficult decision, and not one that the the Board and him have taken lightly.
He said they are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as Head Coach of the Club. However, he lamented that recent results and performances have not met the Club’s expectations, leaving the Club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.
Abramovich declared that there can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend such as Frank, but after lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the Club time to improve performances and results this season.
Roman Abramovich said,
“This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him’.
“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.
“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”
The Club further stated that it will be making no further comment until such time as a new Head Coach is appointed.