Chelsea Football Club officially sacked its coach, Frank Lampard, on Monday for poor results, about a year and a half after his appointment.
“It was a tough decision for the club, especially because I enjoy an excellent personal relationship with Frank and respect him greatly,” said its billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich.
He added: “The person (Lampard) has a high degree of integrity and great work ethics, but on the other hand, we believe that under the current circumstances, it is better to change the coach.”
He continued: “On behalf of the club, the board of directors, and personally, I would like to thank Frank, who has done a great job at the head of the coaching staff, and I wish him success in the future.”
The club owner praised Lampard’s career as a player in the ranks of West London Club, saying: “He is an important icon in the history of this great club, and its position is preserved in it. He will remain a constant source of welcome at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea Stadium).”