Avram Grant has taken a subtle dig at Roman’s dropping standard.
The former Chelsea interim boss who finished second in the leg and reached the final of the Champions League was sacked by Roman immediately after.
Lampard comparatively finished fourth in the league and has performed much worse in Champions League but has been backed by the boss man in the market to lead again next season.
“I think it’s a good season, especially compared to how it began, without being allowed to buy players,” Grant told Stats Perform News.
“Compared to the requirement of Roman Abramovich, if I told him some years ago that fourth place would be good for him, probably he would send me to Siberia.
“But because of the situation before, I think it’s a good place. For Frank, I think it’s a big achievement.
“It’s his first year as a coach in the Premier League. Of course, he was a player with a lot of experience, but you cannot compare a player to a manager, and I think he’s managed the team very well.
“A lot of young players and he knew how to play them, how to give them a rest and when to push them. It’s a good base for the future, I was very pleased with his performance.”