Gary Neville: I'm not worried about Frank Lampard's coaching career

Gary Neville says Thomas Tuchel will be sacked by Chelsea within just TWO YEARS as he predicts the incoming boss will be ‘exposed’ by the club’s sacking policy, just like Frank Lampard

  • Frank Lampard was sacked by Chelsea after 18 months in the job on Monday 
  • The Blues are sitting ninth in the table and have won just twice December 12
  • Gary Neville is not worried about Lampard’s managerial career after this setback
  • Neville claims Thomas Tuchel will be treated exactly the same as Lampard

Gary Neville maintains that Frank Lampard still has a career in management after his Chelsea sacking and claims Thomas Tuchel will be treated exactly the same as him.

Blues legend Lampard was dismissed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich on Monday morning after just 18 months in the role. The west Londoners are ninth in the table and are currently on a run of two wins from eight league games. 

Former England defender Neville claims Lampard would have been aware of the job security risks before entering the Chelsea dugout in the summer of 2019, a feeling that expected predecessor Tuchel will be feeling now. 


Gary Neville (left) is not worried about Frank Lampard’s (right) future after his Chelsea sacking

Neville claims incoming Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will be treated in the same way as Lampard

Neville told Sky Sports News on Monday: ‘It’s Chelsea… Frank has been exposed to Chelsea releasing managers every 12 to 18 months if things don’t go as they want. I don’t have any great deal of worry for Frank’s career. 

‘Tuchel will be exposed to the exact same rules as Frank and we’ll be saying the same about him in 18 months, two years.’

Lampard arrived at Stamford Bridge with the club in the midst of a transfer ban, which allowed him to bring through several Chelsea youth players such as Mason Mount, Reece James, Billy Gilmour and Tammy Abraham into the first-team. 

After a fourth-placed finish last season, the Blues invested £253million into their squad on attacking talents such as Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech – but the results were too inconsistent for the amount of money they spent.

Lampard failed to gel together promising youth players with £253m of new talent this season

Neville believed that Lampard, who is Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer, may have been given more time to turn matters around before his sacking, but admitted that Chelsea are acting consistently in the removal of their first-team managers. 

He added: ‘Frank has had a short amount of time with a new set of players. The minute they spent the money they did, it was always going to bring more expectation and we know what happens at Chelsea when expectation comes.

‘When you have one of the biggest budgets in the league and the biggest spend, expectation comes with it and at Chelsea their approach to managers has been consistent and Frank knew that when he got the job.

Neville claims Lampard was well aware about Roman Abramovich’s (above) ruthless nature

‘Frank won’t want people to feel sorry for him, he’ll have an understanding that he went into a club that has always been like this with managers. The results and inconsistent form has cost him.’

Lampard arrived at Stamford Bridge with just one season of management to fall back on in terms of experience – a Championship season with Derby County where he lost in the Play-off final to Aston Villa. 

Neville rejects the notion that Lampard took the job too early in his career and that the Chelsea job was too good for him to turn down.    

Neville says Lampard (above) did not arrive in the role too early and should not regret the move

The Sky Sports pundit claimed: ‘I don’t believe it was too early, he had no choice, it’s OK everyone saying pick and choose, maybe he wasn’t right, there was no way you turn it down if you’re Frank Lampard. 

‘He’s a better manager today than he was 17 months ago, I hope he’s able to go and build a brilliant managerial career.

‘I sit here with no feeling of sorry for Frank, or that he’s done anything other than a good job.’




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