Chelsea, on Monday, sacked Manager and club legend Frank Lampard, with ex-Paris Saint-Germain Boss Thomas Tuchel already set to replace him.
Lampard, 42, saw his side beat Luton Town 3-1 in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday. However, after a league loss to Leicester City and currently sitting ninth in the Premier League, he was relieved of his duties after 18 months.
They’ve managed just one win in their last five fixtures and only eight total wins all season, which falls short of where the club expected to be at this stage of the season considering the talent they brought in during the summer.
With Timo Werner not firing the way they had planned and Kai Havertz definitely not picking up where he left off at Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea now look for their fourth manager since 2016.
Should we really be surprised at Roman Abramovich’s ruthlessness to give managers the axe? Carlo Ancelotti was sacked within an hour of his last game for Chelsea in 2011, Antonio Conte was dismissed despite securing a Premier League title and an FA Cup trophy within 12 months of each other and José Mourinho lost his managerial status after lifting the Premier League and League Cup trophies in the same season. Maurizio Sarri and Rafa Benitez were not any more fortunate, despite both having European success with the Blues.
For Chelsea fans, this could be the final straw in regard to their relationship with Abramovich. Their affiliation with Lampard and even his assistant, Jodie Morris, was something which they of course cherished, along with multiple trophies which Lampard won at the club. But now, after what some Chelsea fans have referred to as an injustice to a Chelsea legend who wasn’t given enough time, that relationship with the board may be in tatters, now more than ever.
It could be argued that he wasn’t ready for such a big step up in his managerial career following his time at Derby County, however it was important to see the bigger picture and instead create an unbreakable bond between the club and the supporters.
With the boards’ long-term ambition to build for a successful future, it seemed to go hand-in-hand with having a Chelsea man at the helm. He had already secured a top four finish and reached an FA cup final in his first season but ultimately, after the first blip in the new Lampard era, they now see themselves back to square one.
Ex-PSG and Borussia Dortmund Thomas Tuchel has already been linked to take over before their home fixture against Wolves on Wednesday. The 47-year-old German would arrive in London with two consecutive Ligue 1 titles and a DFB-Pokal trophy under his belt and would be no stranger to having German internationals and former Bundesliga players at his disposal.
With the expectation that the Tuchel deal will go ahead, he’ll be hoping to get off to winning ways sooner rather than later to prevent any early pressures as the new Chelsea Boss.