Frank Lampard ‘liked’ the way Abramovich handled his Chelsea sack
Frank Lampard has revealed he ‘liked’ the way Roman Abramovich handled his dismissal as Chelsea manager.
The Blues legend was sacked in January after 18 months at the helm of Stamford Bridge, having reached the FA Cup final and finished in the top four in his debut season.
Lampard received his marching orders with Chelsea eighth in the Premier League, but Abramovich included a rare personal statement when the departure of his former player was announced.
The Russian oligarch rarely speaks publicly about football matters at the club, but thanked the club legend for his work in West London, paying tribute to Lampard and admitting his regrets for his non-working appointment.
Lampard told the Daily mail: “I loved it. I could never sit here and say I have anything other than recognition for what he has done for my career.
“I was disappointed because I felt we could make a difference. I saw the games present themselves as opportunities to gain points.
“Your pride takes a hit. There is no doubt about it. It’s human. But on reflection, I would have been absolutely naive to think that it would be different for me than it had been for managers in the past.
“ History says Chelsea have made changes and sometimes they have real success at the back. It was never for me to go against their model.
“I fully appreciate Roman for this opportunity. I can only wait for the future.
Lampard has been linked with a return to management recently and is the big favorite to take over at a Premier League club ahead of next season.