CHRIS SUTTON: Frank Lampard has become the latest victim of Chelsea’s managerial Russian roulette

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CHRIS SUTTON: Frank Lampard has become the latest victim of Chelsea’s managerial Russian roulette… Roman Abramovich is not bothered about building – it’s about finding the fastest route to winning

  • Frank Lampard has become the latest victim of Chelsea’s Russian roulette
  • Roberto Di Matteo was sacked six months after he won the Champions League
  • They sacked Carlo Ancelotti a year after he delivered them the domestic Double
  • Abramovich isn’t bothered about building — it’s about winning and quick

Chelsea sacked Roberto Di Matteo six months after he delivered them the Holy Grail of the Champions League

They sacked Carlo Ancelotti in a Goodison Park corridor having finished second in the Premier League, a year after he delivered them the Double.

Now they’ve sacked Frank Lampard after one sticky spell. This is the most ruthless of ruthless clubs. 

Frank Lampard has become the latest victim of Chelsea's lethal Russian roulette

Frank Lampard has become the latest victim of Chelsea’s lethal Russian roulette

It is 52 days since Chelsea were top of the Premier League on December 5, and 49 days since they made it 17 games unbeaten in all competitions on December 8.

In that time, owner Roman Abramovich has come to the conclusion that Lampard isn’t up to it. It’s short-termism in the extreme. Lampard spoke about a ‘nice air of positivity’ after beating Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday. 

Now he becomes the latest victim of Chelsea’s Russian roulette. Abramovich put a personal touch on the club statement, which was nice and something he’s never done for another manager, but ultimately he’s still giving Lampard the boot.

Chelsea sacked Carlo Ancelotti in a Goodison Park corridor having finished second in the Premier League, a year after he delivered them the Double

The Blues sacked Roberto Di Matteo six months after he delivered them the Holy Grail of the Champions League

Chelsea sacked Roberto Di Matteo six months after he won them the Champions League (right) while Carlo Ancelotti was shown the exit a year after he delivered them the Double (left)

Thomas Tuchel is on his way and you expect that will end in tears. Tuchel isn’t a yes man. He’s fallen out with his past employers.

His appointment tells us a lot about Abramovich’s mindset. Chelsea’s owner isn’t bothered about building — it’s about winning and finding the fastest route to that.

He doesn’t mind hiring Tuchel and firing him in 18 months, so long as the German delivers a big trophy or two. That’s the Abramovich way. 

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