Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea, the Premier League side confirmed on Monday.
The Chelsea legend who enjoyed a trophy-laden 13 years at Stamford Bridge as a player was let go less than 24 hours after leading the Blues to an FA Cup win over Luton Town.
The Daily Telegraph first reported Lampard’s impending sack and the club confirmed the dismisal on their website on Monday.
“This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the Board have taken lightly,” a Chelsea statement said.
“We are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as Head Coach of the Club. However, recent results and performances have not met the Club’s expectations, leaving the Club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.
“There can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend such as Frank, but after lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the Club time to improve performances and results this season.”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich added: “This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him.
“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.
“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”
The club was forced to take decisive action on the 42-year-old who holds the club’s goalscoring record following a poor run of results in the Premier League.
A dreadful run of league form has seen the Blues lose five of their last eight Premier League matches, leaving them well out of the title picture despite spending over £250m on new players in the summer.
The slump in form led to mounting pressure on Stamford Bridge favourite Lampard who was18 months into a three year contract and led the Blues to fourth place and the FA Cup final in his first season.
Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked as Paris Saint-Germain manager in December will succeed Lampard at Stamford Bridge reports say.