Pressure started mounting on Lampard after his side lost 2-0 to Leicester City which meant the club had won just two games of their last eight Premier League games.
Chelsea over the weekend earned a respite with a 3-1 victory over Luton Town, a Championship club, in the FA Cup fourth round at the weekend, but it wasn’t enough to save his job as Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board decided to part way with him.
A statement from the club read: “Chelsea Football Club have today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard.
“This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the Board have taken lightly.
“We are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as Head Coach of the Club. However, recent results and performances have not met the Club’s expectations, leaving the Club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.
“There can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend such as Frank, but after lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the Club time to improve performances and results this season.”
The club owner Roman Abramovich stated: “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,” – he added.
Rumour has it that Lampard will be replaced by the just sacked PSG manager, Thomas Tuchel.
The choice of the 47-year-old German to take over from Lampard may not be connected with the recruitment of some German players like Timo Werner and Kai Havertz so as to bring the best out of them.
The news of Lampard sack may not be accepted by some Chelsea despite their recent woes, but the Board sees it as a way to save the club.
Lampard accepted the job as a return to the club where his career in football blossomed, and where he spent 13 years winning trophies and awards.
Last season, he led Chelsea to a fourth place finish in the Premier League, and as runners-up in the FA Cup.
Tuchel, if appointed, will become Chelsea’s fourth permanent manager since 2016, and will have the tasked of turning around the Blues’ poor form before the end of the season.