Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea after just 18 months in charge.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola however believes the writing was on the wall for the 2-year-old when he started to lose games.
Guardiola admits he would have liked to have seen the Blues give Lampard more time – instead of sacking him following a bad run of results.
The Man City boss knows managers have to keep winning matches because long-term projects at the top clubs rarely exist anymore.
Pep said: “For all managers – you have to win. People talk about projects, but they don't exist, you have to win or you'll be sacked.
“Respect for Chelsea and hopefully I can see him (Lampard) soon, take him to a restaurant to see him again when lockdown is over.
“It depends on the results, not the philosophy or projects. You get results or you'll be replaced.
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“All the managers need it (patience). I'm not judging the decision from Chelsea, I respect the decision and that it has to be that way.”
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago