Ian Wright was disapproving of how the Chelsea hierarchy dealt with Frank Lampard’s sacking and felt they were purely thinking for themselves.
Speaking on the Ringer FC Podcast Wrighty’s House, Wright was frustrated by the board’s behaviour and believed Lampard’s dismissal was done for selfish reasons.
“Him being sacked after the Luton game; it doesn’t make any difference,” said Lampard’s former West Ham United teammate.
“Their biggest worry was if for some reason Frank got them playing any kind of football in the last three or four games, that would’ve then embarrassed them.”
Wright also condemned Chelsea’s transfer policy. He thought the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner ‘weren’t for him [Lampard]’ and that no blame should be placed upon the ex-Chelsea manager for deciding to prioritise the likes of Mason Mount over the new signings.
“That’s embarrassing for the people upstairs that may have bought those players without Franks real blessing,” Wright added. “That’s a real embarrassment.”
Lampard was relieved of his duties on Monday having just beaten Luton Town in the FA Cup. The club swiftly announced Thomas Tuchel as their new manager a day later.
Trouble had seemingly been brewing for a while where Lampard’s position was concerned. A poor run of results combined with off-field grievances all contributed to his departure.
Although the decision came around rather suddenly considering they had just won on the weekend, Wright suggested that Chelsea had already decided Lampard’s fate no matter the outcome.
“For me they’ve probably already spoken to Tuchel not long after he got sacked. They’ve probably been looking for a manager for a while,” he said.
“We are talking about them hoping Frank doesn’t get this team functioning in a way that, with the players they’ve got, can be doing probably a lot better. Because that would scupper all their plans.”
His point was that the Tuchel takeover was already in the pipeline and an upturn in performances would have blocked that passageway.
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I think I can only echo the words of Wright when he says Lampard’s removal had been in the making for longer than we think.
It’s an uncomfortable approach and one I highly dislike. But I know the cruel nature of football, especially where Chelsea are concerned.