The Athletic Football Podcast

Chelsea sack Lampard - The Inside Story

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Episode notes

Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein and Liam Twomey to bring us the inside story of Chelsea's decision to sack Frank Lampard.

We'll detail the events that lead to the final decision being made, the problems Lampard had with some sections of a crowded dressing room, the role his relationships with the Chelsea hierarchy played, how his struggles to get Werner and Havertz playing well were viewed and how there were reservations as far back as August from not just the club but Lampard himself too.

We're also joined by our German football writer Raphael Honigstein with insight on what Lampard's replacement Thomas Tuchel will bring to Chelsea. What is he like as a coach and a personality? Is there more to it than just the fact he's a German coach? How long has he been on the club's radar?

There's also some transfer talk as we head into the last week of the window with detail on Martin Odegaard's imminent arrival at Arsenal and news of behind-the-scenes talks between Donny Van de Beek and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Dutchman's start to life at Old Trafford continues to be overshadowed by the timely resurgence of Paul Pogba.

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