Frank Lampard opens up on Chelsea sack with pointed remark on Roman Abramovich’s cruelty
Frank Lampard has opened up about his time as Chelsea manager.
The former Blues midfielder has taken over the management reins after Maurizio Sarri left Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2019.
Lampard enjoyed a successful first campaign as Chelsea boss, guiding the club to fourth place, despite a transfer ban and the loss of star winger Eden Hazard.
However, the 42-year-old struggled the following season, dropping to eighth place in the league on New Years Day despite spending more than £ 150million for Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.
Poor form saw him lose his job in January, with German coach Thomas Tuchel coming in to replace him and ultimately guiding the Blues to Champions League glory in Porto last month.
Still, Lampard admitted he was proud of the job he did at the west London club.
“I’m in pretty good company at Chelsea, it happens, it’s the brutal reality of football at the highest level,” he told the BBC.
“I am quite proud of the work I have done, I have come to a difficult time with the [transfer] the ban and loss of Eden Hazard.
“We worked really hard the first year to get into the Champions League and developing the young players was a big deal for me.
The summer window is officially open and the Blues can now look to build on European glory and strengthen the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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“I’m happy, it was a huge experience for me. There were a lot of things I would have done differently, I was really happy the first year, the second year, we had different expectations, there were complications , each the team had problems this year, we had problems and I quit my job. “
The former Englishman has still been out of work since stepping down from his management post after being previously linked with league side Bournemouth and Scotland side Celtic.