Chelsea’s dismissal of Frank Lampard was predicted by several parties, but not for Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The man from Norway said he was surprised by his colleague’s dismissal.
Lampard himself began to handle Chelsea since last season and managed to deliver the Blues to finish in 4th place in the Premier League final standings with a makeshift squad composition following the transfer embargo sanctioned by Chelsea.
But in his second season or this season, Chelsea have even had a series of disappointing results. They even won only twice in the last eight Premier League matches, as a result the club was stuck in 9th place in the standings.
Naturally, speculation arose in the British media about Frank Lampard’s dismissal. Only on Monday (25/01), Chelsea actually fired their former captain.
For some, this dismissal may not come as a surprise, but Solskjaer considers otherwise. He felt that Lampard was doing well at Chelsea, and a slump like this was considered natural.
Although he felt sympathy for his colleague, he knew Frank Lampard well, who was reluctant to be pitied by people. However, Solskjaer believes, the former England national team midfielder will return with better quality.
“One thing I know for sure is Frank doesn’t want anyone to pity him,”
“I know his character, his mentality and I am sure he will come back stronger. He will have a very good managerial career.” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
What made the Manchester United tactician surprised by Frank Lampard’s dismissal was the fact that Chelsea had been consistent, it’s just that they are currently in an unsatisfactory moment.
“They are only in a short-term difficult period, not long ago they were top of the league. Actually this is the first time their form has really slumped under Frank, so I was a little surprised”
“However, it is not my job to comment on what happened at Chelsea,” he concluded.
Chelsea itself finally officially appointed Thomas Tuchel to replace Frank Lampard.