Chelsea Football Club have appointed Frank Lampard as their new head coach ,permanent successor to Maurizio Sarri on a three-year contract
Lampard’s appointment comes after his former team-mate Petr Cech was confirmed as the club’s new technical and performance advisor following his retirement from football, while Claude Makelele is expected to join the coaching staff.
The 41-year-old Lampard, the club’s all-time top goalscorer during his 13-year playing career at Stamford Bridge will become the 13th managerial appointment of Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea ownership.
In a statement released by the club, Lampard said he was ‘immensely proud’ to return 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.”
Frank Lampard, who scored 211 goals in 648 games as a player at Chelsea, will be joined at Stamford Bridge by his assistant Jody Morris and first-team coach Chris Jones.
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.’
Lampard left Stamford Bridge in 2014 having won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and, of course, the Champions League
He retired from England duty with 106 caps and 29 goals to his name, hanging up his boots for good in February 2017.
Lampard guided Derby County to a sixth-place finish, and subsequently the play-off final, which matched Gary Rowett’s final campaign in charge with one fewer point one.