The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

Chelsea fires coach Lampard halfway through 2nd season

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LONDON » Frank Lampard was fired by Chelsea on Monday halfway through his second season in charge of the London club after being unable to replicate his success as the club’s record scorer in his first Premier League managerial job.

Chelsea has lost five of its last eight Premier League games and dropped to ninth place, despite Lampard benefiting from nearly $300 million spent on new players for this season.

Chelsea said the performanc­es had not shown “any clear path to sustained improvemen­t” — making a change of managers necessary.

“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,” owner Roman Abramovich said. “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.”

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