Frank Lampard’s assistant at Chelsea Jody Morris has described the pair’s sacking in January as ‘super harsh.’
“The way the season had gone for most teams, unusually for many teams at the top of the table, they went through some really bad spells. We definitely went through a six week period where we underperformed, totally,” Morris told ‘the Off The Hook with Jimmy Bullard podcast.
“Arsenal and Everton away was really poor. But we absolutely believed we could turn it round.
“At Chelsea, things like that (sacking) can happen. Do I think it was harsh? Yeah, I thought it was super, super harsh.”
Following the sacking of Lampard in January, Thomas Tuchel was quickly appointed as Chelsea manager and he guided Chelsea to Champions League success in May while also securing a top four finish.
Morris admits the German has done a brilliant job, describing him as ‘top quality.’
“But at the same time if you look now, I remember speaking to my Chelsea mates and I said I’d go for Tuchel, if I was looking for a manager,” Morris added. “We’d heard rumblings in the days leading up to it.
“When you see what he went on to achieve in the Champions League – he’s a top quality manager.
“However, I’ve got to say I still felt like there was an opportunity for us to turn it round considering the problems we’d had in 18 months with the transfer ban and the pandemic, but we did go through a poor five-six week period.”