What Jose Mourinho, Steven Gerrard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co have said about Frank Lampard’s Chelsea sacking

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 26 January 2021, 13:36

Frank Lampard isn’t the first and won’t be the last manager to suffer the sack.

Some of the best bosses in the business have suffered the same painful fate at Chelsea; from Jose Mourinho to Carlo Ancelotti. While incoming Blue boss Thomas Tuchel lost his job at PSG on Christmas Eve.

It’s always a hot topic whenever a boss is sent back to the Job Centre, below we’ve taken snippets from press conferences in which various managers were asked for their thoughts on Lampard’s exit...

Jose Mourinho

"I am always sad when a colleague loses his job," said Lampard’s former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, with whom Lampard has beaten three times in five clashes (including a cup win at Derby).

"Frank is not just a colleague, he’s an important person in my career, so of course I feel sorry he did (get sacked). But it is the brutality of football, especially modern football, so when you become a manager you know that sooner or later it is going to happen to you."

Steven Gerrard

"Obviously I'm gutted for Frank, he's an ex-friend of mine, someone I respect greatly," Gerrard told Sky Sports News.

Whether Gerrard actually meant ‘ex-friend’ is not known, we could be wrong but we think he meant ex-team mate!

"But knowing the guy, he will be back in no time,” he continued. “He will dust himself down and get back involved. He will use this time to spend with his family. He's obviously got a young family and one on the way.

"I'm disappointed for him. I thought it was a very swift exit on the back of a positive result at the weekend. But I don't know the details. I don't know how it's been for him, I don't know the relationships that he's had inside the club.

"I did think it was an opportunity for Chelsea to really reach out and support him during this tough period rather than do what they have done.

"But Chelsea have got history for that so it was no surprise."

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Pep Guardiola

"People talk about projects and ideas, they don't exist," revealed Pep Guardiola. “You have to win or you will be sacked. 

"I respect the decision from Chelsea of course, but hopefully I can see him soon, when the lockdown is over we can go to a restaurant."

Harry Redknapp

"You look back a few weeks and everyone’s saying ‘Solskjaer’s got to get the sack at Man Utd’ and it didn’t happen," Lampard’s uncle Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports. “Look at them now, suddenly they are sitting top of the league."

"The league this season is so volatile, it’s like a rollercoaster for everyone. “Frank’s had a little downwards spiral and I’m sure he would have come out of it, but obviously he’s not been given the time."

Redknapp would also go on to question who was behind last summer’s purchase of high-profile players, while he doesn’t appear to be too impressed by Thomas Tuchel’s managerial credentials...

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

"I know Frank doesn't want us to feel sorry for him, with his character," Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in Tuesday’s press conference - quotes via MEN.

"I'm sure he'll bounce back and have a good managerial career. They just had one bad spell, not long ago they were top of the league. It's not many bad spells they've had."

Brendan Rodgers

"I am really sad for him and his staff," revealed Brendan Rodgers, who came up against Lampard in what turned out to be his final Premier League match in charge of Chelsea.

"I know how much the club means to him and all he's given them. Looking at the squad, looking at everything else around it and how young they are, the adaption for players coming in, it's a team and a squad that needs time. Unfortunately he hasn't been given that time. 

"I really, really feel for him, he had the courage to step out of an amazing career as a player. He could have had an easier route, done a great job at Derby and he couldn't really turn it down. He did a good job last season. Results might not have been what he wanted as he is a winner."

Roy Hodgson

Current Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who managed Frank Lampard at England, said: "I shall speak to him in the next few days. I won't give him any advice unless he asks for it - what I will do is say that I'm very saddened - he deserved a longer spell.

"I was rather hoping that the idol of the fans and Chelsea legend that he is, he'd get longer than 18 months.  But unfortunately Chelsea is a massive club and they have this record of changing managers when the results are not what they are looking for.

"I hope that he will not allow it to cloud how good he is and how good he can be. I'm certain his phone will be red hot, but we can only sympathise and empathise with him."

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