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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.”