Chelsea FC has announced that former midfielder Frank Lampard has been appointed as their new head coach on a three-year contract on Thursday.
Lampard, who has had an illustrious 13-year-career with the club is replacing Maurzio Sarri who moved to Italian club Juventus. The club is delighted to bring back Lampard and believes that he has been one of the greatest players in its history. The club confirmed Lampards’ return to Stamford Bridge on Twitter.
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Lampard said that he is immensely proud to be returning to the club. He added that his love for them is evident and he cherishes the history he has shared with the club. Lampard is all set to take up the job in hand and said that he is going to focus on preparing the club for the season ahead. The former England midfielder confessed that he is back to work hard with the team and wants to bring further success to the club and he can’t wait to get started. He said that the management and the fans can expect a young and hungry coach who will give in everything to make the club and its fans proud.
The veteran midfielder has been a record goalscorer for Chelsea having scored 211 goals. Lampard was the star player for arguably Chelsea's greatest period in history and played a key role in three Premier League titles, one Champions League, four FA Cups and two League Cup trophies arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard’s experience in a management role has been short but successful. He steered Derby County to the Championship playoffs last season as their manager and strategised a celebrated victory against Manchester United in their home, Old Trafford, to knock them out of the League Cup last season.
Chelsea director Marin Granovskaia said it was the perfect time for Lampard to return to the club and ripple a phase of glory for the club. She added that the club is looking forward to grow using Lampard’s knowledge of the game and said that his time at Derby County as their manager was nothing short of inspiring. Granovskaia lauded Lampard’s career with the club and said that the club is delighted to have the Englishman back.
Lampard is looking at a challenging start as Chelsea is set to play Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League and a contest against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup follows. Jose Mourinho had also started his Premier League career against Manchester United, in 2004.