Frank Lampard banner to remain at Stamford Bridge despite Chelsea sacking

Frank Lampard has been sacked as Chelsea manager after 18 months in charge of the club, with former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him.

Owner Roman Abramovich wielded the axe with the Blues sitting ninth in the Premier League table and on a poor run of form.

In the league, Chelsea had won just two of their last eight matches under Lampard but they remain five points off the top four.

A lot of Chelsea supporters believe Lampard deserved more time, given his status as a club legend and the good job he did last season, but Abramovich has decided to move in a different direction.

However, supporters group 'We Are The Shed' is planning to keep their 'In Frank We Trust' banner on display at Stamford Bridge, despite Lampard's dismissal.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, one of the group's members Richard Weekes said: "To say we are disappointed with the decision is not enough.

"The club tempted us with the idea that finally a manager would have time, that youth would get a chance, only to revert back to their old ways the second it got real.

"The board have a lot to answer for and that is being very very polite. Chelsea will never change, and that finally hit home today to the supporters."

Lampard has released a statement about his sacking, saying: "It has been a huge privilege and an honour to manage Chelsea, a club that has been a big part of my life for so long.

"Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for the incredible support that I have received over the last 18 months I hope they know what that means to me.

"When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult lime for the football club. I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club.

"I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring them to the next level. I want to thank Mr Abramovich, the board, the players, my coaching team and everyone at the club for their hard work and dedication, especially in these unprecedented and challenging times.

"I wish the team and the club every success for the future."

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