Retired Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has revealed his frustration at losing his job and admitted he wanted more time this season in his first public statement since his dismissal by the club.
The Blues legend issued a reaction to his brutal dismissal Monday night, as he told fans he had hoped he would be allowed to try to improve the luck of struggling Chelsea this season.
In response through the League of Managers’ Association, Lampard said: “It has been an honor and a privilege to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.
Frank Lampard said he had hoped for more patience to improve Chelsea before he was eliminated
The club’s all-time top scorer was sacked on Monday after poor results in the Premier League
First, I want to thank the fans for the wonderful support I’ve received over the past 18 months. Hope they know what that means to me.
When I took up this position, I realized the challenges that lay ahead at a difficult time for the football club.
I am proud of the achievements we have achieved, and I am proud of my academy players who took their steps in the first team and performed well. They are the future of the club.
“I am disappointed that this season I did not have time to push the club forward and take it to the next level.
The 42-year-old also shared his words on Instagram, where he received a large number of supportive responses
Lampard thanked owner Roman Abramovich, who admitted that deporting him was “ difficult ”
The duo enjoyed years of title-filled glory together when Lampard was a Chelsea midfielder
“I would like to thank Mr. Abramovi, the board, the players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these difficult and unprecedented times.
“I wish the team and the club every success in the future.”
Lampard was under pressure after a string of five defeats in eight Premier League matches although his sudden departure earlier in the day was still a shock to many fans.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich took the unprecedented step of interpreting the harsh move as part of the club’s announcement, calling it “a very difficult decision”.
Lampard has now joined players like Jose Mourinho (center) in taking careers orders
Some of the fans who celebrated Lampard’s arrival as coach intend to continue paying homage to him