Rangers supervisor and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has actually criticised Chelsea’s decision to sack Frank Lampard but admits he was ‘not surprised’ to see his former England team-mate lose his task.

Lampard was appointed on a three-year contract when he replaced Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge in July 2019.

The Blues and England legend was sacked on Monday, however, and leaves west London with the club ninth in the Premier League after last week’s defeat at Leicester City, having won once in their previous 5 league matches.

Gerrard states he is ‘gutted’ and ‘disappointed’ for Lampard and has suggested he should have more time to turn things around.

The Rangers manager stated: ‘I’m gutted for Frank, a good friend of mine and somebody I appreciate greatly.

‘ Understanding the person he’ll be back prior to no time at all. He’ll dust himself down and get all set to return included. He’ll use this time to spend with his family.

‘ I’m disappointed for him, I thought it was a very swift exit on the back of a favorable result at the weekend. But I don’t the details, I do not know the relationships inside the club.

‘ However I did believe it was an opportunity for Chelsea to reach out and support him during this difficult duration of outcomes instead of do what they have actually done.

‘ But Chelsea have got history for that so it was not a surprise.’