Jose Mourinho has discussed Frank Lampard’s sacking as Chelsea manager and admits he is ‘sad’ following the ‘brutality’ of his former player’s dismissal at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea confirmed in a statement yesterday that the club have parted company with Lampard after 18 months in charge of the west London side, the manager’s position having come under increasing scrutiny following a run of just two wins in their past eight league fixtures.
Lampard leaves his position with Chelsea six points adrift of the Champions League places and in ninth, the 42-year-old having failed to build on a promising debut season despite spending heavily on a host of marquee arrivals during the summer.
Lampard won back-to-back league titles under Mourinho as a player and the now Spurs manager has given his verdict on his sacking, expressing his sadness and admitting the dismissal is yet another indication of the brutal nature of management at the highest level.
“I don’t think Frank wants to speak to me or with anyone apart from his close circle of family and friends,” Mourinho said at a press conference after Spurs 4-1 win over Wycombe last night.
“But I am always sad when a colleague loses his job and Frank is not just a colleague. He is an important person in my career so I feel sorry he did.
“But it is the brutality of football, especially modern football so when you become a manager you know that sooner or later it is going to happen to you.”