Reaction to Chelsea's sacking of manager Frank Lampard

Reuters , Monday 25 Jan 2021

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 12, 2020 Chelsea's English head coach Frank Lampard comes out to give an interview before the English Premier League football match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England. - Chelsea announced on January 25, 2021 they had sacked manager Frank Lampard after a poor run in the Premier League. (AFP)

Reaction to the sacking of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard on Monday:

"This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him. He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers" - Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

"Utterly ludicrous after his first bad run. 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" - former England striker Gary Lineker commenting on reports Lampard would be sacked.

"It took him a little bit too long to get his team playing the way he wanted it, and I think the price tag he had on it really was one of the crucial decisions for the club." - former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot.

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