Frank Lampard’s ‘fundamental problem’ with Marina Granovskaia before Chelsea sacking

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Chelsea have sacked Frank Lampard after an awful run of form left them down in ninth place in the Premier League. However, it appears there were also problems behind the scenes, with Lampard clashing with senior board members.

Frank Lampard’s main problem with transfer chief Marina Granovskaia before Chelsea sacking has come to light.

Blues legend Lampard was given the boot on Monday after a dismal run of form left them down in ninth place in the Premier League.

Chelsea had won just two of their last eight league games, leaving Lampard in an untenable position.

It is thought that one of the former midfielder’s main problems was failing to get the best out of an array of talent he splurged £200m on over the summer.

German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have failed to fire despite being tipped to lead Chelsea to the title this season, while Hakim Ziyech is also yet to hit his stride.

And that appears to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Lampard, who some claim appears to have given up on getting the best out of his new signings.

“The problem Lampard had with Marina is obvious but fundamental,” one agent told The Athletic.

“He has a series of huge investments he does not have the ability to maximise, but more than that, he appears to have given up on attempting to maximise them.

“The public criticism of individuals (most notably after the 3-1 loss to Arsenal) has lost him support too.”

Chelsea released a heartwarming statement along with the announcement that Lampard had been sacked.

And owner Roman Abramovic was quoted as saying: “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’.

“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.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future.

“He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge.”

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