Chelsea have opted to sack Frank Lampard with the former midfielder leaving the club after their FA Cup win over Luton Town.
The Blues have had a tough campaign in the Premier League and have decided now is the time to change manager, though the congested table means that a good run would see them quickly back up near the right end of the league.
Even so, it won’t be Lampard overseeing any resurgence in form and David Moyes has had his say on the removal, with his West Ham team currently three points above the Blues in the table.
Quoted by Sky Sports, he said:
“I see Frank as one of the most up and coming young English managers in the country.
“I’m disappointed for Frank but I’m sure he’ll come back and learn form it.
“He did a great job last year with the team and all the young players from the academy so I wish him good luck and he’ll come back and be better.”
Rush Football’s take
This recent blip for the Blues has been the first one they’ve been through under Lampard so he perhaps deserved more time to try and turn it around.
Chelsea haven’t often given managers much room to learn, however, and have acted decisively as they look to get back on track in the Premier League as soon as possible.
Perhaps the job, in the end, came too soon for Lampard with him still so early in his coaching career but, naturally, he’ll feel he could not turn such a chance down.
He’s bound to learn from this and come back a better manager as Moyes says, though, and it remains to be seen where he goes next.