- Frank Lampard lasted only 18 months at the helm of affairs at Stamford Bridge
- The Englishman feels he was not afforded enough time to build what he had started
- Chelsea said Lampard's sacking came for lack of a clear path to turn around the club's fortunes
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Frank Lampard has admitted he is disappointed he was not allowed enough time to "take the club forward" as he desired.
The 42-year-old was shown the exit doors by the Premier League outfit on Monday, January 25, after just 18 months at the helm of affairs.
They took the drastic decision following the club's recent nosedive, especially in the English topflight.
Despite splashing over £200million to sign an array of stars in the summer, Chelsea have been unable to compete favourably in the league.
The side lost five of their last eight top-flight matches in the wake of Lampard's sacking, in a poor run of form that saw them slip to ninth on the standings.
But in a statement posted on his official Facebook page hours after his departure, Lampard said he was proud of his achievements during his spell with the west London club.
The Englishman further took time to thank the fans, players and the board for their support during his short stint and sent his best wishes for the club in the future.
"I am proud of the achievements that we made and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club. I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.
"I want to thank Mr. Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenge times. I wish the team and the club every success for the future."
Lampard was appointed to the role in July 2019, replacing Italian Maurizio Sarri who was sacked at the time.
In his maiden season as manager, the ex-Derby boss led the Blues to a fourth-place finish and the FA Cup finals where he lost the title to rivals Arsenal at Wembley.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Danny Drinkwater has come under heavy criticism as he posted a celebratory picture on social media after Frank Lampard's sacking.
The 42-year-old has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Blues despite guiding his side to a 3-1 win over Luton Town in their FA Cup meeting over the weekend.
Tammy Abraham scored all three goals for the Stamford Bridge outfit but that was not enough to save the job of the club legend.