Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Frank Lampard as interim manager until the end of the season.
the athletic It was previously reported that Lampard, who was at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night when Chelsea drew 0-0 with Liverpool, and the club had reached an agreement in principle for the 44-year-old to return to the club alongside Ashley Cole, Joe Edwards, and Chris Jones, who will be part of his backroom staff.
That deal was confirmed on Thursday afternoon as Lampard prepared to face the media ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Wolves.
Co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said in a statement: “We are delighted to welcome Frank to Stamford Bridge.
“Frank is a member of the Premier League Hall of Fame and a legend at this club. As we continue our thorough and exhaustive process for a permanent head coach, we want to provide the club and our fans with a clear and stable plan for the remainder of the season.
“We want to give ourselves every chance to succeed and Frank has all the traits and qualities we need to get us there.
“We have an important game against Wolves on Saturday and then we will turn our attention to the Champions League quarter-final in Madrid next week. We are all going to give Frank our full backing as we aim to get the best possible result from all of our remaining games.”
This will be Lampard’s third spell with the club after spending 13 years as a player between 2001 and 2014, and two and a half years as a manager from 2019 to 2021.
The midfielder, Chelsea’s top scorer, has scored 211 goals and provided 145 assists in 648 appearances for the club.
He won 12 trophies at the club, including three Premier League titles, four FA Cup trophies, the Europa League and the Champions League.
Chelsea, who are 11th in the Premier League, travel to Molineux on Saturday and then play the Champions League quarter-final against defending champions Real Madrid next Wednesday.
Chelsea reach an agreement in principle to appoint Lampard as interim manager
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