The latest reports have hinted that Premier League outfit Chelsea is ready to make an announcement that Frank Lampard will become the club’s new manager over the next few hours.
Following Petr Cech’s arrival at Chelsea as the Technical Director, another legend is close to arriving at Stamford Bridge for his second coming. Arguably one of Chelsea’s best ever player Frank Lampard is ready to be announced as the club’s new manager as the successor to Maurizio Sarri.
The 60-year-old master tactician arrived at Chelsea last season and replaced fellow Italian compatriot Antonio Conte at the West London club. Sarri led the Blues to the final of the League Cup but lost out to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on penalty shootouts. However, Sarri took Chelsea to a third-place finish on the Premier League and managed to win the Europa League as well, which was incidentally his first major trophy in 30 years of his managerial career.
But the former Napoli boss decided to leave Chelsea because of the lack of support and return to Serie A after the Juventus job opened up. Now there is a vacancy at Chelsea and there are plenty of names linked with the job offer at the Premier League club. One candidate who is a strong favorite and leading the race to become the new head at Chelsea is former Blues midfielder, Frank Lampard.
The 41-year-old ex-English midfielder was in charge of Championship side Derby County last season and came within a whisker of promoting the Rams into the Premier League. Derby is still desperate to keep hold of Lampard because he did quite a stellar job at the club and were willing to offer him a £10 million-contract but the role at Stamford Bridge seems too strong to shake away.
The reports state that Lampard will take over Chelsea this summer but faces a difficult task ahead of him as the club just lost key Belgian winger Eden Hazard. More so, the Blues face a transfer ban for two transfer windows which means Lampard will not have the chance to sign players for a whole year. But Lampard will have the opportunity to bring in any of the 43 players Chelsea sent out on loan to kick off his new era as a manager at Chelsea Football club.
Lampard took a club like Derby close to promotion into the Premier League but the task at Chelsea will be much more difficult. The Englishman has a transfer ban to face and with heavy competition at the top of the Premier League, Chelsea will not find it easy to keep themselves recognized as a top club in England.