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  1. Goodbye

    Right anyway. That's us done for today.

    Thanks for joining us on a busy day with Frank Lampard departing Chelsea.

    You can read all about that story and several other crackers below:

    Take care and see you all soon.

  2. Tuchel's record

    So what next for Chelsea?

    Well former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel, is the man reportedly set to take the helm after he was abruptly sacked by the French champions in December.

    The 47-year-old German led PSG to the Champions League final last term and won back-to-back league titles with the club.

    Prior to that he won the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) with Borussia Dortmund and started his managerial career with Augsburg and then Mainz.

  3. 'It mirrors life and our demands as people' - Dyche


    Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes the demands on football managers are becoming ever more short-termist.

    Dyche, the Premier League's longest-serving boss said Lampard had been doing a good job at Chelsea and believes consumer culture is creeping in to football.

    "The demands change and get higher and higher," he said. "It mirrors life and our demands as people.

    "We all want everything delivered tomorrow with bigger support - that consumer side of life - it comes into football and sometimes there's a very short space of time.

    "Managers get hired and fired more quickly. I'm not sure but I think the managerial life span is down to 14 or 16 months now. People want success and they want it now and it's a big challenge for managers."

  4. Drinkwater's unfortunate timing...

    By the looks of things this Danny Drinkwater post on Instagram didn't go down well earlier...

    The Chelsea midfielder joined Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa on loan until the end of the season earlier in January having last appeared for the Blues in August 2018.

    Danny Drinkwater Instagram
  5. Get Involved - Are Chelsea right to sack Lampard?

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    Dan: No surprise at all that Frank's gone, hire and fire has been Chelsea's model for years. The real shock is that Abromavich ever hired him in the first place knowing the fans would react this way when he inevitably got sacked.

  6. 'It took him too long to get the team playing his way' - Melchiot

    Chelsea team

    Interesting take from former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot: "It took him [Frank Lampard] a little bit too long to get his team playing the way he wanted it, and I think the price tag he had on it really was one of the crucial decisions for the club."

    Here they are in happier and slightly different fashion times. And yes that is Winston Bogarde in the background

  7. Get Involved - Are Chelsea right to sack Lampard?

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    Jim: All this sympathy for a clearly substandard manager is laughable. Lampard got the job because of who he was, not what he was capable of, now we have the sentimentality that is reserved solely for English failures.

    Edward: They were wrong to appoint him and wrong to sack him. Another bungling farce from Abramovich.

  8. 'We know what happens at Chelsea with expectation'

    Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville on Frank Lampard's dismissal: "I think the minute that the club spent the money that they did in the summer, and brought the players in that they brought in, it was always going to bring a lot more expectation and we know what happens at Chelsea with expectation."

  9. Chelsea 'don't seem to give time'

    Redknapp & Lampard

    The man who gave Frank Lampard his big break as a player at West Ham, Harry Redknapp, has also said his bit on Chelsea's decision to change their manager.

    "Alex Ferguson survived by the skin of his teeth when the board looked like they would sack him after 18 months or two years at Old Trafford where he hadn't won anything," Redknapp, told talkSPORT.

    "Suddenly he goes on to arguably be the greatest manager we've ever seen. "You need time and unfortunately at Chelsea it seems a club where they don't seem to give time."

  10. 'A role model, a mentor & a great manager' - Abraham on Lampard

    Instagram post from Tammy Abraham

    Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has posted affectionate message about Frank Lampard on Instagram, calling him "a role model, a mentor & a great manager. Thank you Gaffer."

  11. Post update

    Now for a bit more reaction from footballers past and present to Frank Lampard losing his job as Chelsea manager...

  12. Watch: Lampard's last match in charge of Chelsea

    Chelsea 3-1 Luton

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    Video caption: FA Cup: Chelsea 3-1 Luton Town highlights
  13. Post update

    Roberto Di Matteo would be one out of nowhere Aziz.

    I did see Mark Hughes' name being given a very light mention earlier but he's out at 60/1 now.

    Thomas Tuchel is something like 1/10. In other words absolutely no point at all. Interestingly, Frank Lampard's odds have been cut dramatically on him taking over at Celtic if Neil Lennon leaves.

  14. Get Involved - Are Chelsea right to sack Lampard?

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    Richard: Chelsea will sack Thomas Tuchel in December 2022.

    Aziz: Chelsea now must appoint Roberto Di Matteo and win the Champions League.

  15. How green are Premier League clubs?

    Setting aside the action on the pitch for a minute, who comes top of the Premier league sustainability table?

    Any guesses? Just have a read of this all will become clearer. Or should I say greener.

  16. Post update

    To be honest Chelsea look like they have a decent run of games coming up.

    Wolves and Burnley at home are followed by trips to Tottenham and Sheffield United, before they welcome Newcastle to Stamford Bridge.

    They're not easy but I'd have imagined that Frank Lampard viewed them all as games his side could have won.

  17. Can Chelsea make the top four?

    According to our friends over at Opta only three teams to have won 29 points or fewer from their opening 19 Premier League games have ended that season in the top four.

    Leeds United (2000-01) Liverpool (2003-04) Manchester United (2019-20). They reckon Chelsea have a 13% chance of doing this in 2020-21.

  18. Get Involved - Are Chelsea right to sack Lampard?

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    SMS Message: If Tuchel wasn't freely available. Lampard would have until the end of the season. It's a weird situation to be in, he should have been given more of a chance. But then Tuchel has delivered with both his previous teams. from Adam
    SMS Message: Sad to see a young British manager be treated this way. Even sadder the Chelsea owner considered to be a suitable owner of a Premier League team. Do not believe the source of his wealth stands up to scrutiny. from Mark
    SMS Message: Frank has been my favourite Chelsea manager since I've supported them as a kid. Refreshing and really gave it a go. So disappointed. from Tom
    SMS Message: Overall position was probably not Frank's undoing - more the fact that he looks out of ideas. Same mistakes week after week, no sign of improvement. Sad, but probably the right decision. from Neil
  19. Post update

    Worth mentioning that those ratings are based on a player having made at least six appearances for their side in 2020-21.

    One or two surprising ones in there like John Stones beating KDB at Manchester City and Edinson Cavani being ahead of Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United.


  20. Who has been your team's star player so far?

    Now have we given this a plug or not? The majority of Premier League clubs are at the halfway point in their season and the pressure is building at both ends of the table.

    But which players have impressed the most with their performances so far?

    You have been judging the players using the BBC Sport Player Rater in our match reports all season.

    And we've collated all that manually, so that you can see which players you've deemed to be doing the business.

    It's only a (check calendar) Monday and I have already lost track of what's going on and when. Not too hard in my house when you throw a hectic weekend of FA Cup football, Frank Lampard's sacking and some homeschooling into the mix.