Chelsea legend Frank Lampard who was a phenomenal success as a player at the club has returned to manage the first team. He is joined by his assistants Jody Morris, former youth academy coach, and Chris Jones.
Lampard, the leading goalscorer of all time for the club, has signed a 3-year contract. He will take the club through a turbulent time where they are facing a 2 window transfer ban, the departure of Eden Hazard and accumulation of below-par players.
Lampard had a successful year at Derby County where he led them to the Playoff final only to be beaten by Aston Villa. He has been praised for the flexibility in his tactics, smooth possession-based football and a never-ending intent to attack. He has used young players quite frequently and it will come handy to help the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. There might also be a chance that Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, who were on loan at Derby last season, become first team regulars.
Lampard will replace Maurizio Sarri who left in bittersweet fashion after winning the Europa League and securing Champions League qualification. It is expected that his objective for the first season is to secure Champions League qualification. It is also rumored that he will be given 2 seasons guarantee to build a team of his style.
Lampard was quoted saying: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach. Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead. I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.”
Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia said: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach. Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game.
After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and are delighted he has done so. We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.”
It has been quite some time since there was someone in the backroom who knows what it is like to play for Chelsea. He knows it in and out. Given time and support he’ll lead the club for glory. A new era begins.