Chelsea: Jody Morris on ‘harsh’ Frank Lampard sacking and Thomas Tuchel

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Frank Lampard spent 18 months in charge of Chelsea

Frank Lampard spent 18 months in charge of Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris believes Frank Lampard’s dismissal from Stamford Bridge was ‘super harsh’ but insists his replacement Thomas Tuchel is a ‘top quality manager’.

Lampard, who established himself as one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players during his 13-year spell in west London, replaced Maurizio Sarri as Blues boss in the summer of 2019.

Chelsea enjoyed a promising first season under Lampard, finishing fourth in the Premier League and reaching the FA Cup final, but were just ninth when the former England midfielder was sacked in January 2021.

The Blues quickly named Tuchel as Lampard’s replacement and Chelsea went on to secure a top-four finish, reach another FA Cup final and win the Champions League under the former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss.

Tuchel’s Chelsea have continued to impress this season, winning nine of their 12 league games to climb to the top of the Premier League table as they look to secure more silverware in the German’s first full campaign in charge.

Morris says Tuchel has proved himself to be a ‘top quality manager’ at Chelsea but says the decision to sack Lampard was still ‘super harsh’.

Speaking on the Off The Hook with Jimmy Bullard podcast, former Chelsea assistant boss Morris said: ‘The way the season had gone for most teams, unusually for many teams at the top of the table, they went through some really bad spells.

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Thomas Tuchel replaced Blues legend Lampard in January 2021

Thomas Tuchel replaced Blues legend Lampard in January 2021 (Picture: Getty)

‘We definitely went through a six-week period where we underperformed, totally. Arsenal and Everton away was really poor. But we absolutely believed we could turn it round.

‘At Chelsea, things like that [sackings] can happen. Do I think it was harsh? Yeah, I thought it was super, super harsh.

‘But at the same time if you look now, I remember speaking to my Chelsea mates and I said I’d go for Tuchel, if I was looking for a manager.

‘We’d heard rumblings in the days leading up to it. When you see what he went on to achieve in the Champions League – he’s a top quality manager.

‘However, I’ve got to say I still felt like there was an opportunity for us to turn it around considering the problems we’d had in 18 months with the transfer ban and the pandemic. But we did go through a poor five-six week period.’

As well as impressing in the Premier League, Chelsea have made a strong start to their Champions League defence and will look to secure a place in the knockout stages on Tuesday night when they face Italian giants Juventus.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku could return to the bench for the clash at Stamford Bridge following his injury lay-off, but Kai Havertz is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

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