Frank Lampard has been appointed as Caretaker manager of Chelsea until the end of the campaign.
Lampard has been appointed to lead the Blues who dismissed him two years ago.
The Englishman who will take charge of Chelsea on a caretaker basis until the expiration of the campaign attended Chelsea’s goalless stalemate with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as a guest of the team’s majority shareholder Behdad Eghbali.
Chelsea’s all-time goalscorer and former coach watched an uninspiring performance which did less to boost the CV of the former interim manager, Bruno Saltor who was one of Potter’s assistants who committed to stay after the ouster of Graham Potter.
The Blues made an headway in negotiations with Lampard on Wednesday afternoon and it led to assurances that he would be in charge of the side for Saturday’s Premier League battle against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Chelsea also play Real Madrid afterwards in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at the Santiago Bernabeu next Wednesday.
Lampard has been without a job since he was fired by Everton in January after only 12 months as manager of the club.
Before his time at Everton, he was manager of Chelsea from July 2019 to January 2021 before he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
The Englishman exited Everton after a winless run that saw the Toffees slide down to 19th on the Premier League table.
Frank Lampard was first given the Chelsea job in 2019 during the time the club were facing a transfer ban and he assisted the club to a champion League spot, finishing fourth in his first season alongside reaching the FA Cup final in spite of those issues.
But following a massive spending spree the next summer, Lampard was fired in 2021 with the club languishing in 9th position.
German Tactician, Thomas Tuchel went on to guide Chelsea to fourth spot that campaign, in addition to winning the UEFA Champions League.
The club legend exited Chelsea with a record of 44 wins from 84 games as manager of the club and his comeback to the team should bring a lot of joy to many Chelsea fans who admired him a lot as a player.
It would also offer Lampard the room to rebuild his status as a manager, managing some players he had previously managed and also in a conducive environment.
The West London side confirmed on Thursday that Frank Lampard has been appointed as Caretaker manager until the end of the season.
The club made the announcement via a statement on Chelsea’s official website.
Co-owners of the club Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said ex-midfielder Lampard will take charge while they continue an “exhaustive process” to find a permanent coach.
“We want to provide the club and our fans with a clear and stable plan for the remainder of the season,” a statement stated.
“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 held talks with former Spain and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique alongside ex-Bayern Munich gaffer Julian Nagelsmann.
Former Paris Saint Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino is also on their rader but many Chelsea players believe the next permanent manager of the side would be either Luis Enrique or Julian Nagelsmann.