Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Confirmed: Chelsea appoint Lampard

Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Frank Lampard as their new manager.

The London Blues parted ways with Maurizio Sarri at the end of the 2018/19 season and reports immediately appeared about the possibility of Lampard returning to the club where he spent the best part of his career.

“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,” the 41-year-old told the club’s official website.

As a player, Lampard joined Chelsea from West Ham back in 2001 and spent 13 illustrious years at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, and one Champions League and Europa League each. To this day he remains their top goalscorer ever with 211 strikes in 648 games in all competitions. He later had brief spells with Manchester City and New York City FC.

As a manager, he spent a year with Derby County, failing to help them earn promotion to the Premier League at the last hurdle.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia praised Lampard’s knowledge and understanding of the club, and expressed belief that his managerial talent has been clear to see at Derby.

The former midfielder has signed a contract which should keep him in the Stamford Bridge dugout for three years.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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