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Chelsea sack manager Lampard with club ninth in standings after five defeats

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Chelsea have sacked manager Frank Lampard after a run of five defeats in eight league games left the London side ninth in the standings, the Premier League club said on Monday.

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“This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich said in a statement.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.”

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