Jody Morris opens up on Chelsea sacking him and Frank Lampard amid Thomas Tuchel success

Both Frank Lampard and Jody Morris were sacked by Chelsea in January of this year


Lampard and Morris have worked together in both of the former's management jobs at senior level, the first coming at Championship outfit Derby County.

After lasting just 18 months before he was axed, Morris has since claimed the Chelsea icon and record goal-scorer deserved more time to implement his ideas and whether the storm.

"The way the season had gone for most teams, unusually for many teams at the top of the table, they went through some really bad spells," Morris told the Off The Hook with Jimmy Bullard podcast.

"We definitely went through a six week period where we underperformed, totally.

"Arsenal and Everton away was really poor. But we absolutely believed we could turn it round.

"At Chelsea, things like that (sacking) can happen. Do I think it was harsh? Yeah, I thought it was super, super harsh."

The West London outfit have a notorious reputation for sacking managers seemingly as quickly as they were appointed.

Including those in the dug-out on an interim basis, Chelsea have enjoyed 17 different managers since Roman Abramovich purchased the club in June 2003.

Lampard was swiftly replaced with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel, who went on to achieve stunning success in remarkably quick time.

Less than six months into his reign, Tuchel guided Chelsea to the second Champions League title in the club's history.

The German has also led the Blues to the summit of the Premier League after 12 games played this term, leading to Morris conceding Tuchel was the right man to take over.

Thomas Tuchel has established himself as one of the best manager's in the world at Chelsea
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"At the same time if you look now, I remember speaking to my Chelsea mates and I said I'd go for Tuchel, if I was looking for a manager," he revealed.

"We'd heard rumblings in the days leading up to it. When you see what he went on to achieve in the Champions League – he's a top quality manager.

"However, I've got to say I still felt like there was an opportunity for us to turn it around considering the problems we'd had in 18 months with the transfer ban and the pandemic. But we did go through a poor five-six week period."

Neither Lampard nor Morris have returned to top-flight coaching since their departure from Stamford Bridge.