Frank Lampard got the sack at Chelsea. We all saw it coming. It will happen to Thomas Tuchel too, you heard it here first…
Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard lasted just 18 months as the club’s manager after taking over from Maurizio Sarri ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Lampard guided Roman Abramovich’s team to fourth in the Premier League behind United last season, before his side made it though to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League this term.
But their form in the Premier League cost the former England playmaker his job following six defeats in 19 matches this season. They are ninth in the table, with United sitting on top.
The first question at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s press conference this afternoon was about Lampard’s sacking. Solskjaer said with a degree of sympathy, as per Manchester Evening News: “It’s not for me to comment too much on that. I know Frank doesn’t want us to feel sorry for us, with his character.
“I’m sure he’ll bounce back and have a good managerial career. They just had one bad spell, not long ago they were top of the league. It’s not many bad spells they’ve had.”
You turn the tables and recall how some were calling for Solskjaer to be sacked earlier in the season.
“We know we would have some tough periods and they have stood strong,” the Norwegian continued, as per BBC Sport. “We have been through two or three spells of bad form but they stood strong. We don’t know what is happening behind the scenes. It is always sad when someone loses their job.
“We looked at the squad and the situation we were in,” Solskjaer added. “We had a longer term plan in place. We knew there were going to be some patchy periods and we had to stay strong mentally.
“The leadership they have shown has been strong and steady. I am grateful for that.”
Tuchel is expected to be the man to replace Lampard at Stamford Bridge. The one who can get the best out of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who proved to be two costly players for Lampard.
The difference is the German coach has dealt with big egos in the dressing room previously. It doesn’t get much bigger than Neymar’s ego on a football pitch, does it?