Lampard returns to Chelsea as caretaker boss

Lampard returns to Chelsea as caretaker boss

Frank Lampard unexpectedly returned to Chelsea as the caretaker manager until the end of the season, more than two years after his dismissal from the Premier League club.

The 44-year-old, who became a Chelsea legend as a player, previously managed Chelsea from July 2019 to January 2021 before being replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

Lampard’s return followed the dismissal of Tuchel’s successor, Graham Potter, on Sunday when the club was in the bottom half of the Premier League.

Chelsea’s co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali expressed their delight in Lampard’s return and praised his Premier League Hall of Famer status and legendary status at the club.

The statement also mentioned that Lampard possessed the necessary characteristics and qualities to lead the club to the finish line of the season while the search for a permanent head coach continued.

Chelsea, who have spent over £500 million on new players this season, have nine league games remaining and will face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann are among the names being considered for the full-time job.

Lampard led Chelsea to the 2020 FA Cup final during his previous managerial spell, having joined the club after a season with second-tier Derby.