Gary Neville has revealed why he has zero sympathy for Frank Lampard following his sacking as Chelsea manager last month.
Lampard was dismissed from his position as Chelsea’s head coach last month following a difficult run of form for the west London side, with former Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel named as his replacement.
The news of Lampard’s sacking brought a mixed reaction with the club icon having won plaudits for a promising debut season in charge, but a downturn in fortunes has seen the 42-year-old become the latest Chelsea boss to fall victim of Roman Abramovich’s ruthless regime.
Neville says he has no sympathy for his former England teammate, however, and says Lampard should not be surprised to have been sacked by the Blues, pointing to his role in the squad whose player power contributed towards the sacking of Andres Villas-Boas during his time at Stamford Bridge.
“I go back Martin to in Napoli eight or nine years ago, when Villas-Boas had picked a team in the afternoon of a Champions League game. And he left out Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and another big player at that time,” Neville said on his latest Sky Sports Podcast.
“And I remember Chelsea players at that time ringing up members of the media and trying to get him out. And Frank was part of that group.
“And it has been really a brutal football club for managers for many many years, and Frank has suffered that brutality last week, so he should be the least of all surprised because he has been at the club when Villas-Boas was sacked, Scolari, and all the rest of them have come and gone.”