Pep Guardiola insists managers are no longer given sufficient time to turn things around after Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea.

The Blues legend’s 18-month spell in charge came to an end on Monday following a run of just two wins from eight Premier League games.

Frank Lampard failed to build on last season’s fourth-placed finish

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Frank Lampard failed to build on last season’s fourth-placed finish

Lampard spent more than £200million on new recruits last summer, which included the arrivals of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who have both struggled to adapt to English football.

Guardiola is adamant long-term managerial projects no longer exist and has offered to take Lampard out for dinner when the UK’s coronavirus lockdown ends.

“People talk about projects and ideas. They don’t exist. You have to win or you will be replaced,” the Spaniard said.

“I respect the decision by Chelsea, but I hope to see Frank soon and go to a restaurant with him when lockdown is finished.”

talkSPORT understands former Paris Saint-German and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel will succeed Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

Pep Guardiola sympathises with Lampard’s sudden departure

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Pep Guardiola sympathises with Lampard’s sudden departure

And talkSPORT host Simon Jordan reckons he will be a ‘decent’ appointment.

He told Monday’s White & Jordan show: “To have a 75 per cent win record in any league is commendable, and when you look at his Bundesliga spell for him to get 63 per cent… [Sir Alex] Ferguson never had 63 per cent, [Jose] Mourinho’s never had 63 per cent.

“To get 63 per cent in an elite league like the Bundesliga, this guy is clearly a decent manager.

“The interesting thing is he fell out with PSG over transfer policies; it’s difficult to imagine how you can possibly fall out with a regime that spends £200m on footballers.

“Maybe they should be careful what they wish for, Chelsea, because now they’ve got the counter-balance to what [Roman] Abramovich is.

“Chelsea fans should actually be quite enthused, because if he’s got the balls to call out PSG’s ownership, he’ll do the same at Chelsea.”


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