Former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has claimed he loved how he was dismissed by the club's owner, Roman Abramovich.
Abramovich replaced Lampard with Thomas Tuchel in January this year.
The Russian has never spoken out after sacking a manager, but released a statement thanking Lampard after he was let go.
"I loved that. I could never sit here and say I have anything but appreciation for what he did for my career. I was disappointed because I felt we could change things. I saw games coming up as opportunities to get points.
"Your pride takes a hit. There is no doubt about it. That's human. But with reflection, I would have been absolutely naive to think it would be any different for myself than it had been for managers in the past.
"History says Chelsea make changes and sometimes they have real success off the back of it. It was never for me to go against their model. I have full appreciation to Roman for the opportunity. I can only look forward," Lampard told Jamie Redknapp.