Chelsea must pay Frank Lampard just six months' severance pay worth £2m despite having 18 months left on deal
FRANK LAMPARD will reportedly be paid just six months' severance pay after his Chelsea sacking.
The Blues axed the club legend on Monday just 18 months after announcing he had signed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge – and the West Londoners will have to cough up around £2million as a result.
But the deal was actually two years with the option of an additional year, according to the Telegraph.
And as Chelsea were yet to trigger the extension they are only liable for the remaining six months after letting him go.
The Blues announced Lampard's appointment in July 2019 and he is said to have been earning around £4m-a-year.
Lampard managed 57 Premier League matches with a record of 1.67 points per game, the worst of any Stamford Bridge boss during Roman Abramovich's 18-year era.
He departed with the club five points off the top four and still in both the Champions League and FA Cup, beating Luton in his final game in charge.
But Abramovich had seen enough and pulled the trigger – with Thomas Tuchel set to replace him in the dugout.
Lampard's old manager Jose Mourinho said he was sorry to see him go but blamed the 'brutality of modern football'.
Pep Guardiola showed little sympathy while Brendan Rodgers criticised the West Londoners for not giving the 42-year-old more time.
And on Tuesday, Lampard's right-hand man Jody Morris revealed the pain of being sacked by the club he loves – and his pride at the way Lampard tried to improve the culture of Chelsea.
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Morris followed Lampard out the Stamford Bridge door on Monday as ruthless Abramovich swung the axe.
It has emerged some senior players in the squad – including Antonio Rudiger – had been causing problems after finding themselves out of the side.
And Lampard was left to deal with the fall-out after the club failed to move them on over the summer.
Morris, who joined Chelsea as a schoolboy, said in a social media post: “It’s hurt twice previously that I’ve had to leave this great club.
"But it’s been on my terms and both times it was done with the bigger picture for myself and my family in mind.
“Yesterday was tough to take on all levels. I’ve always felt lucky to be able to say I’ve played for the team I’ve supported since I was a young boy growing up on North End road.
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“I am also immensely proud to say I’ve been stood next to our gaffa @franklampard who has worked tirelessly to improve the players and the culture every single day.
“Us as your staff couldn’t ask for a better leader. There has never been a bunch in that dugout that cared more inside Stamford bridge.
“I’m even prouder of the work that has gone on day in day out at Cobham in what has been the toughest period anybody has had to face in charge.
“Thank you so much to the fans for the support I’ve had personally throughout. I am one of you.
“Thank you to Mr Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia for allowing me to fulfill one of my dreams.
“Chelsea is and always will be my club no matter what.”
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