Chelsea announced on Monday they had sacked manager Frank Lampard after a poor run in the Premier League.

“This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” said owner Roman Abramovich.

A draw to Aston Villa further dampened the mood at the club making his stay at Stamford bridge an uncertainty

Reports from the UK media have it that the Chelsea players were asked not to report to the training ground until Monday afternoon.

Despite a 3-1 victory over Championship side Luton FC  in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, there appears to be no reprieve for the 42-year-old.

Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel in line to take over, reports said. Tuchel was sacked as Paris Saint-Germain manager in December.

AFP