Chelsea are set to sack manager Frank Lampard after 19 months in charge, with the club ninth in the Premier League table.
The decision comes after Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Luton in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday evening, however, means they have won just two of their last eight Premier League games under Lampard, who replaced Maurizio Sarri as manager at the start of the 2019-20 season.
What has gone wrong for Lampard?
The Athletic reported in early January that Lampard’s job was under threat when Chelsea lost against Manchester City.
Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester means Chelsea, who were tipped as contenders for the title, are down to ninth in the Premier League table.
It is understood that the club’s hierarchy were concerned by recent form and the struggles of summer signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
Lampard will leave with the lowest points per game of any Chelsea manager under Roman Abramovich.
What have their on-pitch performances been like?
Chelsea had a positive start to the campaign but have tailed off in recent weeks. Since beating Leeds at the start of December, they have won just twice in the Premier League — against West Ham and Fulham.
Chelsea only managed to scrape a 1-0 win over Fulham, who were down to ten men for the whole of the second half, courtesy of Mason Mount’s goal in the 78th minute.
Is it just on-pitch woes that were to blame?
No. Sources told The Athletic that tensions between Lampard and a number of individuals in his squad — particularly those who have found themselves outside his group of trusted regular starters — had been growing for some time.
Lampard’s biggest challenge this season was always going to be remoulding his team in a manner that maximised Werner and Havertz, Chelsea’s marquee signing of a spectacular transfer window and arguably the club’s boldest statement of intent in the transfer market since acquiring Eden Hazard from Lille in the summer of 2012.
Chelsea splashed more than £200 million in transfer fees on Havertz, Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva in the summer as they looked to reshape their squad.
A lower points total than this stage last season was not acceptable after such a huge outlay.
The Athletic exclusively revealed on Monday that Thomas Tuchel would replace Lampard.
Owner Roman Abramovich is believed to have decided the German was the right man for the job.
Source: the althletic