Nigel Martyn has told The Chelsea Chronicle that Frank Lampard deserved more time at Stamford Bridge after his departure was announced on Monday.
Chelsea confirmed yesterday that Lampard had been sacked by the club, meaning he left his role as Blues head coach after just 18 months.
Lampard, who is a cult hero around Chelsea from his playing career, departs as manager with the team sat ninth in the Premier League table.
His final game in charge was the weekend’s 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round.
Former England goalkeeper Martyn has responded to Lampard’s sacking by insisting the 42-year-old has been sacked prematurely, but acknowledged that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is never going to mess around with his decision-making.
“Yeah, he (Lampard) deserved some time. He’s got some good players, and a good team when they’re functioning,” Martyn exclusively told The Chelsea Chronicle.
“There is something happening, or it was, because they aren’t playing the way they were earlier in the season – when Leeds played them they looked so strong. But it doesn’t matter how much of a legend you are at a club, a manager only gets a shelf life to produce, especially at Chelsea. The owner isn’t going to mess around if you aren’t doing it.”
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It’s going to take some time for the dust to settle on Lampard’s exit, especially as he’s an individual that means so much to so many Chelsea fans.
His second ever job in management has ended with a dismissal, but he overachieved last year during his first season in charge of the Blues by guiding them to a top four finish and FA Cup final.
Unfortunately, Lampard has been unable to overcome the huge pressure on his shoulders, which came as a result of a busy summer of spending.
The responsibility will now fall on someone else to try get the best out of a star-studded squad of players.