Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has finally spoken up hours after being sacked as the coach of Chelsea.
Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea on Monday, 18 months after being appointed following the club’s decision to part ways with Maurizio Sarri.
Despite his status as the club’s greatest goalscorer, Lampard was not immune from owner Roman Abramovich’s hire-and-fire style.
In a statement on Instagram, Lampard expressed he was ‘disappointed’ to be sacked by Chelsea, when he was hoping to have more time to take the club to the ‘next level’.
“It has been a privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long,” Lampard wrote.
“Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months. I hope they know what that means to me.
“When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.
“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 well. They are the future of the club.
“I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.
“I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.
“I wish the club and the team every success in the future.”