Rio Ferdinand slams Abramovich’s knee-jerk decision

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Frank Lampard guided Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Chelsea legend wasn’t afforded another moment to work on his side, as he was axed from the job on Monday morning.

Manchester United legend and Frank Lampard’s former England national teammate Rio Ferdinand, has questioned Roman Abramovich’s decision to sack Lampard and called it a knee-jerk decision.

Reacting to the news in a video on his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “I don’t think he’ll be surprised. He’s an intelligent fella.

“He would have understood the remit when he walked through that door and he would’ve seen people like Carlo Ancelotti – who has the third highest win rate in Premier League history behind Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson – get the sack a year after winning the league.

“So he’s not going in there thinking he’s going to have loads of time but I think he would have expected maybe a bit more time, given they had the transfer embargo when he went in there.

Then he gets money to spend, he spends over £200million and then you’d probably expect a little bit of time, more than what he’s got, to bed them players in and for them players to become part of the furniture.

“He has not been afforded that and in the grand scheme of things, with the way this has been reported on, you’d think they’re in a relegation dog fight. But they’re five points off Champions League, 11 points off Manchester United who are top of the league. It ain’t a million miles away.

“He’s had a bad spell but he’s still only them amount of points behind so when you put it in that context, I feel this is a very quickfire decision and I feel he deserved more time.

“It was a knee-jerk reaction but Chelsea’s hierarchy are renowned for this, it’s normal for them and they make quick, brutal decisions. On one hand I respect that, they don’t dally, and they get things done but on the other had, it’s Frank Lampard, a club legend. He’s someone all the fans would have been clamouring for and the young players at the club.

“You’d think that little bit of history would have afforded him a bit more time but this is a results business and the situation shows you that.”

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