Former Chelsea Coach and Everton Manager, Frank Lampard denies that he has a personal relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
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Reacting to questions in a press conference on Friday, 11th of March, the former Chelsea captain said he is not close to Mr Abramovich.
“No. One of the questions earlier said I’m close to Roman Abramovich,” Lampard said.
“I could count on one hand how many times I’ve seen him in the last many years. I worked for Chelsea football club which was an absolute pleasure to work with Chelsea football club for 13 years.
The 43-year-old gaffer joined Chelsea from West Ham in 2001, winning the EPL, FA Cup and Champions League during his career at the Stamford Bridge until 2013-2014, when he left the club.
He returned to Chelsea as a coach in July 2019, despite concerns about his scanty managerial experience. His appointment was thought to be influenced by his cordial relationship with Mr Abramovich from his playing days.
After 18 months in charge of the London team, Lampard was sacked in January 2021 for strings of poor results.
His final game was Chelsea’s 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round win against Luton.
After relieving him of his duties as Chelsea head coach, Abramovich released a statement detailing his regrets for sacking Lampard.
“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,” Mr Abramovich wrote.
“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.