Legend Frank Lampard returns to Chelsea as interim head coach starting today, under a contract until June.
After being given the green light by the club’s owners, Chelsea has proceeded to sign a short-term contract with Lampard. The decision to appoint the 44-year-old coach will be announced by the London-based club today.
According to The Times, Lampard will immediately start working to prepare for the away game against Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday, April 8. So, he will be the Chelsea latest transfer news done deal.
Ashley Cole – another former Chelsea player and Lampard’s teammate in the 2012 Champions League-winning squad, and Joe Edwards will join the new coaching staff at Stamford Bridge. The duo previously served as assistants to Lampard during his tenure as the manager of Everton from January 2022 to January 2023.
The Sun evaluates Lampard’s appointment as interim head coach as a fitting move for Chelsea. They need an experienced manager to lead the team for the remainder of the season, which includes two quarterfinal matches against Real Madrid in the Champions League later this month.
Lampard, who served Chelsea for 13 years as a player (from 2001 to 2014), is expected to have enough credibility to stabilize the dressing room and regain support from fans who are dissatisfied with the team’s performance under Graham Potter. Last week, Potter was the next Premier League manager to be sacked this season.
Lampard’s appointment as an interim coach also helps Chelsea’s management buy more time to find and negotiate with a new head coach. Failure with Graham Potter is more than enough, and Todd Boehly does not want to repeat the same mistake.
Currently, former Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann and former Spanish national team coach Luis Enrique are the top candidates. Negotiations with both Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique are still ongoing. However, the final decision is likely to be made by The Blues’ management in late May or early June.
Chelsea still faces very difficult challenges in the Champions League as they face reigning champions Real Madrid and the Premier League campaign is still unfinished. However, the squad of the London-based club believes they should not rush into things.
On the side of the legendary Frank Lampard, the once glorious number 8 seems very happy and willing to take on the short-term job to help the team overcome the current difficult period. Lampard clearly still has a great love for the team he devoted the best years of his career to.
Lampard is no stranger to the job at Chelsea, having been the head coach of the team for a year and a half, from July 2019 to January 2021. In the 2019-2020 season, he was highly regarded for introducing many young players and helping Chelsea finish fourth in the Premier League, runner-up in the FA Cup, and reach the round of 16 in the Champions League, despite the team being under a transfer ban.
In the 2020-2021 season, Chelsea started strongly, but winning only two out of eight matches in the middle of the season and dropping to ninth place in the Premier League led to Lampard being football manager sacked. Later, with the personnel foundation he left behind, his successor Thomas Tuchel helped Chelsea win the Champions League.
Some young players that Lampard promoted to the first team in the summer of 2019 are still key players for Chelsea, such as right-back Reece James, midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and midfielder Mason Mount… In his year and a half as Chelsea’s head coach, Lampard led the team in 84 matches, winning 44, with a win rate of 52.4%, drawing 17, and losing 23 matches.
Anyway, Chelsea cannot expect a complete transformation in terms of results during such a tight timeframe. Perhaps the situation will only really improve when this season ends. By then, Chairman Todd Boehly will have more time to prepare for the next phase.
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