Frank Lampard’s exit at Chelsea was sparked following an increasingly sour relationship with managing director and football’s strongest woman, Marina Granovskaia.
Lampard was shown the exit door on Monday afternoon after a woeful run of results which has seen the Blues slip down to ninth in the Premier League table.
The Athletic reports one of the reasons for Lampard’s sacking was due to his relationship with influential director Granovskaia becoming fractured after series of disagreements.
The main bone of contention was when Lampard began to drop the club’s £72million record-signing Kepa towards the backend of last term after he had made a number of high-profile mistakes.
At the end of the last season, Lampard demanded for funds to sign a new goalkeeper despite Chelsea chiefs reportedly telling him he should put his arm around Kepa and try to rebuild his confidence around him.
Kepa was not happy with how Lampard treated his situation and is said to have felt that he did not provide sufficient support – and the Chelsea boss eventually got his way, replacing him as the club’s No 1 with Senegalese Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
Matters further deteriorated when Lampard continued to push the club to sign Declan Rice from West Ham at the annoyance of his bosses. A number of key figures at the club had doubts about the England star while the same report claim the club were ‘wary’ of the potential embarrassment of buying back a player who they had sent out as a teenager in a deal worth in excess of £70million.
Lampard was very determined to land Rice and also Burnley’s James Tarkowski and continually tried to persuade the club to seal a deal, but Granovskaia was not keen on either player and in the end neither joined.