Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard has accepted to become Chelsea’s interim manager until the end of the season
The Blues have announced the return of Frank Lampard as their new manager until the end of the season.
Lampard will take control of his beloved Chelsea as an interim manager following the departure of Graham Potter as manager.
The former Chelsea star managed the Blues from July 2019 till January 2021 before he was dismissed by Roman Abramovic and Thomas Tuchel was appointed in his place.
Tuchel, of course, went on to win the Champions League with Chelsea in his first few months with the club but a change of ownership and approach to football at Chelsea as well as some bad results saw the German getting the sack at the start of the 2022-23 season.
Graham Potter was then appointed as Chelsea’s long-term manager with a 5-year contract as the new ownership under Todd Boehly looked to build a project around Potter, who was considered a young exciting manager. However, things didn’t pan out for Potter as the job and his squad seemed too big for him to handle and he was finally fired after a 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa.
Potter left Chelsea in 11th place with Todd Boehly and co. looking carefully for the next long-term manager at Chelsea. While there have been meetings between Chelsea and the representatives of both Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique for a possible job offer in the summer, Chelsea are now set to announce Frank Lampard as their interim manager until the end of the season as earlier rumors turned out to be true.
Lampard returns to his beloved Chelsea
Lampard will be taking the place of former Brighton fullback Bruno Saltor who was a part of Potter’s team and was the caretaker manager for Chelsea when they faced Liverpool in the mid-week.
Lampard’s last tenure at Chelsea ended with a 52.4% win record in 84 matches. He has since managed Everton for a year. However, he was fired from the Everton job as well after helping them survive relegation in his first few months.
Lampard will be looking to shock Chelsea’s squad into performing more consistently and will likely get a lot more out of youngsters as this is his specialty. The Blues will face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with Lampard out to prove a lot of his doubters wrong.
Co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have released a statement about the appointment. The statement reads as follows:
“We are delighted to welcome Frank back to Stamford Bridge. Frank is a Premier League Hall of Famer and a legend at this club. As we continue our thorough and exhaustive process for a permanent head coach, we want to provide the club and our fans with a clear and stable plan for the remainder of the season. We want to give ourselves every chance of success and Frank has all of the characteristics and qualities we need to drive us to the finish line.
“Chelsea have an important game against Wolves on Saturday and then we will turn our attention to our Champions League quarter-final in Madrid next week. We are all going to give Frank our full backing as we aim to get the best possible outcome from all our remaining games.“