- Frank Lampard was the 12th manager to be appointed at Chelsea under owner Roman Abramovich
- He, however, was unable to see out the rest of his contract after a disappointing run of results
- His departure has elicited mixed reactions, with many suggesting Chelsea could live to regret the decision
England football legend Gary Lineker has taken issue with Chelsea's decision to sack Frank Lampard as manager.
Lampard was shown the door earlier on Monday, January 25, just hours after leading the Blues to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
According to the west London club, the decision to relieve the former midfielder his duties was a difficult one to make, but were left with no choice but to take it after he failed to show "a clear path" out of midtable.
Despite a summer spending spree amounting to more than £200million, Lampard failed to assemble a strong side that can competitively participate in the top-flight.
The side did show good signs earlier in the season and even topped the standings at one time, only to endure a slump in recent weeks that has seen them drop to ninth.
Lampard was only appointed to the role 18 months ago, taking over from Maurizio Sarri was also unceremoniously sacked.
However, Lineker has not taken kind Chelsea's decision to axe Lampard midway through the season, suggesting the club could live to regret the move.
"Reports that Frank Lampard will be sacked by Chelsea today. Utterly ludicrous after his first bad run," he tweeted.
"It was always going to need time given so many new signings feeling their way into a new club. Patience being a virtue is seldom recognised in this sport. They never learn," he added.
Lineker's sentiments were reiterated by a number of Chelsea fans who stormed social media to poke holes on the drastic decision.
One said: "After everything Lampard has done for the club, shocking how he hasn’t been given more time. Ruthless."
"Lampard sacked, terrible decision hope Chelsea regret this in the long run," a second added.
Another noted: "Feel sorry Lampard, he was a long term project yet again another manager gone! The players are to blame here for not playing for him its a disgrace #CFC."
Whereas the Blues are yet to name a successor to Lampard, immediate former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is thought to be the favourite to take over.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Chelsea may have been right to cut ties with Frank Lampard after stats show that he is the worst manager with the worst points-per-game record of the Roman Abramovich era. Though the 42-year-old guided the Blues to a 3-1 win over Luton
Town in their FA Cup fourth round fixture last weekend, however, that was not enough to save his job.
The former midfielder who was appointed in the summer of 2019 sits at the base of the chart with a 49 per cent win ratio in 57 appearances which translates to 1.67 points-per-game. R
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