Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea following a dismal slump in form that sees them sit ninth in the Premier League table.
The players were told not to come to the training ground until Monday afternoon as Lampard becomes the 10th manager sacked during the Roman Abramovich era.
Confirmation of his sacking came just before 11.30am on Monday after the club took decisive action following a torrid run of five losses in eight league games.
Abramovich, speaking publicly in a statement sacking a manager for the first time, described Lampard as a ‘man of great integrity’ in the statement confirming his dismissal but added: ‘Under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers’ with the club in mid-table.
Sunday’s win over Luton Town to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup hasn’t proved enough to save the former midfielder from the chop.
The former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is set to replace Lampard with a potential unveiling within 24 hours.