Frank Lampard has expressed his disappointment at not being given more time to improve Chelsea’s fortunes after the club legend was sacked on Monday.
In a statement released by the League Managers Association, Lampard admitted his disappointment at not being given more time at the club.
“It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long,” Lampard said.
“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 so 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 team and the club every success for the future.”
talkSPORT understands the decision to sack Lampard has not gone down well with the Chelsea dressing room – especially among the younger group of players in the squad.
Former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is in pole position to be named Lampard’s successor.