Frank Lampard has expressed his disappointment at not given more time before being sacked as Chelsea head coach.
Lampard was sacked on Monday after a run of five defeats in eight Premier League games which left Chelsea ninth on the league table with 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.
This is despite the club spending £220million in the summer.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic insisted the former midfielder’s status at the club was undiminished by the decision to ended Lampard’s stay at the Blues midway through his three-year contract.
It is understood that former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is set to replace the 42-year-old.
Lampard issued a statement via the League Managers Association in which he described managing the club as a “huge privilege and an honour”, thanking the clubs’ fans who have largely remained staunchly behind him.
But Lampard added: “When I took on this role I understood the challenges that lay ahead in a difficult time for the football club.
“I am proud of the achievements that we made, and I am proud of the academy players that have made their step into the first team and performed so well. They are the future of the club.
“I am disappointed not to have had the time this season to take the club forward and bring it to the next level.”
Lampard’s uncle Harry Redknapp said his nephew’s downfall at Chelsea may have come from having his influence over transfers restricted by the club’s bosses.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Redknapp slammed Chelsea for their latest sacking. What’s more, he referenced how other Premier League bosses have survived criticism.
“It’s very disappointing to hear the news this morning,” the former manager said. “On the back of a good result, beating Luton in the FA Cup, I thought they’d give him a bit of time.
“I thought [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer was sure to go, no way he was going to survive, but Manchester United gave him a bit of time and suddenly they have a little run and turn it around.”