Chelsea have become just the second Premier League club to make a managerial change this season by sacking Frank Lampard.
The former Blues midfielder has come under severe pressure in recent weeks, with Chelsea having won just two out of their last eight Premier League matches, losing five, and falling to ninth in the table.
Despite having beaten Luton Town 3-1 on Sunday in the FA Cup, Lampard’s departure was confirmed the next day.
On his sacking, Blues owner Roman Abramovich 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.”
Having been appointed boss at Stamford Bridge in July 2019, Lampard presided over 84 games in West London, winning 44. He also led Chelsea back into the UEFA Champions League in his first season in charge despite the club being in the midst of a transfer ban.
It has been during the current season where he has struggled though, failing to get the Blues firing having spent over £200m in the summer on the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell.
Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is now the odds on favourite to be the next man in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. The German sat at a price as low as 1/9 with Betfair before the market was suspended.