Chelsea have sacked manager Frank Lampard after just 18 months as head coach. Former Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him.
Lampard, 42, leaves with the club ninth in the Premier League after last week’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City, having won once in their past five league matches.
Chelsea are five points below Liverpool in fourth place, despite spending £220m on seven players last summer.
Lampard’s final game in charge ended in victory after a 3-1 in in the FA Cup against Luton Town on Sunday.
Frank Lampard was appointed on a three-year contract when he replaced Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge in July 2019.
In a statement released on Monday night, Lampard said he was “disappointed not to have had the time to take the club forward” and added that it had been a “huge privilege and an honour” to manage the club.
“When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club,” he continued.
“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.”
Chelsea are hopeful that new manager Tuchel will be on the bench for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Wolves at Stamford Bridge.