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John Terry and Mason Mount send messages to Frank Lampard after Chelsea sacking


Terry and Mount sent messages to Lampard (Picture: AFP/Getty)

John Terry and Mason Mount both sent public messages of support to Frank Lampard after he was sacked by Chelsea.

Lampard was relieved of his duties as Chelsea boss on Monday after Roman Abramovic wielded the axe with the club languishing in ninth in the Premier League.

Thomas Tuchel is set to replace him in the Stamford Bridge dugout and Lampard was left ‘disappointed’ he didn’t get a chance to take his side to the ‘next level’.

There have been plenty of warm messages for the sacked Chelsea boss, including from Reece James and Tammy Abraham, while Jose Mourinho admitted he was ‘sad’ to see his former player dismissed.

Terry, Lampard’s long-time Chelsea team-mate and now assistant manager at Aston Villa, hailed Lampard and his departing assistant Jody Morris as ‘legends forever’ on Instagram.

Mount, who had become a key figure during Lampard’s reign at Chelsea having previously spent time on loan with the Blues boss at Derby County, also praised the influence of Morris and Lampard on his career.

With separate pictures of him with both men, Mount – who captained Chelsea in Lampard’s final game in charge – wrote on Instagram: ‘I learned so much from you both. Thank you for everything.’

Other Premier League bosses were keen to express their disappointment at the manner of Lampard’s departure.

Brendan Rodgers, Leicester’s manager, said: ‘I know how much the club means to him and everything that he’s given the club.

‘Obviosuly looking at the squad, how young they are and the adaptation for players coming in.

‘I said it last week it’s a team and a squad that needs time and unfortunately he hasn’t been given that time.

‘I really feel for him, a guy who’s done great at Derby, he had the courage to step out of an amazing career as a player and could have taken an easier route, but gone straight into coaching and managing.

‘Took a job he couldn’t really turn down, even though he had not a lot of experience but felt he could do a really good job there and he did do that last season.

‘Okay the results have not been what they and he would have wanted, but I feel it’s a job that needed time and sadly for him he hasn’t got that time.’

Former England manager Roy Hodgson admitted he was ‘saddened’ by the decision.

The Crystal Palace boss said: ‘It saddens me, I was pleased to see Frank get the job, it was a good appointment, I thought he did an excellent job last season.

‘Transfer embargo, a lot of young players, giving them a chance to show what they can do. Many of those repaid his faith with bells on, you could say.

‘So I was rather hoping that, idol of the fans that he is, Chelsea legend and young man that he is, that he’d get a longer shot at the job than just 18 months.

‘But I think he would have learned an awful lot in the last two-and-a-half years.

‘At Chelsea it’s not unusual for a manager’s to have a short stay and all the others that have had short stays have gone on to have very good careers afterwards.

‘I’m rather hoping that’s what will happen to Frank as long as he’s not too devastated by the blow, because when it happens to you for the first time, getting sacked by a club, it is a devastating blow.’

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