Frank Lampard makes Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech Chelsea transfer admission


Chelsea club legend and former manager Frank Lampard has admitted that he ‘regularly’ held transfer conversations with Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech.

The club’s all time leading goalscorer was sacked at the start of 2021 after a poor run of form, with the 2-0 defeat against Leicester City one of the final straws.

Lampard was eventually sacked after the 3-1 victory over Luton in the FA Cup but a poor run in the Premier League, coupled with uncertainty in the west Londoners Champions League campaign, led to Marina Granovskaia and the Blues board ending his managerial reign.

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“I could feel it [sacking] coming, I heard rumours,” the 43-year-old admitted on Sky Sports’ Overlap show.

“We had beaten Luton and the next day I got a message from Bruce Buck saying ‘can you move training and meet us in the boardroom?’ It was very cordial.”

Working under a transfer embargo in his first season in charge of his beloved club produced great results, with the Cobham generation coming through and becoming the heart of the team as the Blues managed an unexpected but impressive Champions League finish.

Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori all made their names in different ways, with only two now remaining under Thomas Tuchel.

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Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard
Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

However, once the transfer embargo was lifted, the pressure on Lampard increased, with around £210million spent on summer acquisitions that included the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner coming in from the continent in the attack.

All of those players struggled to gel into Lampard’s system and it took Tuchel coming into the club for a marked improvement to happen amongst the squad, resulting in their Champions League win and with it vindication for the ruthless decision made at the start of the year from the Chelsea hierarchy.

In spite of it ultimately not working out silverware-wise for Lampard and his assistant Jody Morris, Maurizio Sarri’s successor has admitted that he maintained a good relationship with Granovskaia and technical director Cech throughout his time in charge.

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He admitted to Neville : “I would have conversations with Marina regularly. Me and Pete (Cech) were close. I had the communication. The owner (makes the calls). We had conversations about transfers, I was never out the loop.”

Source by Football London

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