Jose Mourinho has admitted that he feels sorry for Frank Lampard, who was relieved of his duties as Chelsea head coach yesterday.
After starting the season in brilliant form and being tipped to push for the title this season, the Blues have been in a poor run of form for the last two months.
They have fallen to ninth place in the Premier League table, a situation few would have been able to foresee after the substantial investment they made to the squad over the summer.
Lampard, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest modern-day legends at Stamford Bridge, paid the price for the club’s poor run of form as after he was sacked yesterday.
Mourinho admitted that the 42-year-old is more than just a colleague, with the pair having enjoyed tremendous success during their time together at West London.
However, the Spurs boss insisted that getting sacked was unavoidable once you enter the world of football management.
When asked if he will speak to Lampard after his sacking, the Portuguese coach told Football.London: “I don’t think Frank wants to speak to me or with anyone apart from his close circle of family and friends.
“But I am always sad when a colleague loses his job and Frank is not just a colleague he is an important person in my career so I feel sorry he did.
“But it is the brutality of football, especially modern football so when you become a manager you know that sooner or later it is going to happen to you.”
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While it is clear that Lampard and Mourinho have mutual respect towards one another, it always seemed as if they were not very close personally. Based on the digs they have taken at each other, it is clear that there was some tension between the pair. Mourinho’s admission that he is not ‘close friends’ with Lampard confirms that.
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