Frank Lampard's words about Andre Villas Boas at Chelsea come back to haunt him

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Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea just 18 months into his reign as head coach, paying the price for a dismal run of form which has left them down in ninth place.

Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2019 and got off to an impressive start, steering the Blues to a fourth-place Premier League finish and reaching the FA Cup final despite their transfer embargo.

Nevertheless, a backing of over £200million in the previous window raised expectations and placed him under greater pressure in west London, meaning a run of five defeats in eight matches was not tolerated by ruthless owner Roman Abramovich.

Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea just 18 months into his reign as head coach

Lampard was already well aware of Abramovich’s itchy trigger finger before taking the job. He worked under nine different managers in his playing days at Chelsea, and his comments on the seventh of those coaches has seemingly come back to haunt him.

Andre Villas Boas took over at the Bridge in 2011 and lasted less than a year in charge, falling victim to the axe amid a run of three wins in 12 games.

Lampard was already well aware of Roman Abramovich's ruthless ways from his playing career at Stamford Bridge

Lampard was already well aware of Roman Abramovich's ruthless ways from his playing career at Stamford Bridge

Andre Villas Boas suffered the similar fate in 2012 after less than a year as Blues manager

Reports at the time suggested the 34-year-old had lost the Blues dressing room, alienating a number of senior pros after trying to impose too many drastic changes.

Lampard was understood to be one of the players in question, having fallen out of favour under Villas Boas before his dismissal.

Chelsea then famously went on to win a Champions League and FA Cup double under AVB’s successor Roberto Di Matteo, shining a damning light on his previous nine months as manager.

Villas Boas reportedly fell out with a number of senior pros, who went on to win the Champions League that season under successor Roberto Di Matteo

However, Lampard will not want to be reminded of his parting comments for Villas Boas now that he has suffered a similar fate in the Blues hot-seat.

“AVB had played his cards and it hadn't worked. I don't know if he was too young or whether it had come too early for him,” he said in a 2014 interview with The Sun.

But Lampard will not want to be reminded of his parting comments for AVB, who he felt the job came too early for

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“One thing I will address is that a lot of people said when he and Phil Scolari and some of the other managers left it was all down to player power at Chelsea. That's a load of c***.

“I’m being completely honest. OK, AVB and I were not very close but I don't need to be close to my manager - but I am definitely not the type to act up.”

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