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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich explains ‘very difficult’ decision to sack Frank Lampard

James Robson
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Roman Abramovich has taken the unusual step of personally explaining why he sacked Frank Lampard.

The notoriously ruthless Chelsea owner called time on Lampard’s reign on Monday morning - bringing an end to the legendary former midfielder’s fairy-tale return to Stamford Bridge.

Lampard paid the price for an alarming run over the last two months, which has seen his side win just two of eight games in the Premier League.

The favourite to replace him is former Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel, who is already believed to be in talks with Chelsea.

Abramovich rarely speaks publicly - but decided to personally explain to fans his reasoning for showing Lampard the door less than 24 hours after victory against Luton in the FA Cup.

The Russian said: “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.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

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