Frank Lampard Set to Take Over as Chelsea's Caretaker Manager
Chelsea are taking on Lampard as caretaker coach since the current caretaker coach Bruno Saltor isn't so keen on the job.
Retired legendary Chelsea forward Frank Lampard is set to take over as the club's caretaker manager until the end of the season. Lampard is one of Chelsea's all-time greats and his comeback to coaching the club could be phenomenal for its morale and hopefully, ensure a better performance for the remaining part of the Premier League season.
🚨 Frank Lampard, set to become new Chelsea caretaker manager — there’s an agreement in principle valid until the end of the current season. Here we go. 🔵🤝🏻— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 5, 2023
Lampard has accepted short-term deal.#CFC will continue process/talks to hire new head coach for long term project. pic.twitter.com/KOWtnmu3d1
Frank Lampard's Comeback: Lampard to be Chelsea's Caretaker Manager to Give the Club Time to Find a New Permanent Manager
Lampard will take on the role of caretaker manager till the end of the season and give the club and its management time to find a permanent manager. Lampard's contract will be short but it'll be a chance for him to motivate the boys.
Documents are ready and all set to be signed for Frank Lampard as Chelsea caretaker manager — just waiting on club statement 🔵⏳ #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 6, 2023
Lampard will be under contract until the end of the season. Ashley Cole will be part of the coaching staff. pic.twitter.com/B9umL68f0F
It is also crucial that Chelsea take this time to really vet their next appointee as the club's coach and end the endless cycle of managers being appointed and then sacked. By doing this, the club can position itself for future success and better decision-making on and off the pitch. Moreover, by appointing the right manager, Chelsea can get back to its rightful place in the Premier League, the top four.
Chelsea in Talks with Several Candidates for the Club Manager Position
In the meantime, Chelsea is reported to be in talks with several candidates for the position of club manager. These candidates include former Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique, former FC Barcelona and AS Roma coach. Nagelsmann is the favorite, however, even as Enrique is said to be 100% ready and wanting the job as he would want a Premier League experience.
Understand Julian Nagelsmann remains keen on speaking to Chelsea over long term project in the next weeks 🔵 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 5, 2023
Luis Enrique also keen on the job, both waiting for Chelsea next steps.
No talks with Pochettino yet.
🚨 Lampard appointment as caretaker, to be completed soon. pic.twitter.com/Haqch6d3wG
Why is Chelsea Taking On Lampard as Caretaker Coach?
According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are taking on Lampard as caretaker coach since the current caretaker coach Bruno Saltor isn't so keen on the job. Saltor is also very close to Graham Potter and is himself in a crisis of loyalties. Mind you, Graham Potter was the coach that Chelsea wanted to steer the team's long-term plans, and they invested a lot of money in him but it just didn't work out. Read more about Graham Potter's sacking below.
As such, Chelsea are opting to take their time to find the best permanent coach and are bringing in Lampard as a way to kind of culture shock the players, and also prepare them mentally for a new permanent manager.
Frank Lampard Coming Back to Chelsea Video
You can watch Fabrizio Romano's video on Lampard coming back to Chelsea below. Big thanks to Fabrizio for breaking the news.
Update(6/4/2023 16:00): Frank Lampard has Officially Been Appointed as Chelsea's Caretaker Coach
News has just broken that Frank Lampard has officially been appointed as Chelsea's caretaker coach. He'll take on the role as part of a short-term contract until the end of the current Premier League season. Chelsea will, at the same time, continue to meet with other managers and discuss possible long-term appointment.
Official, confirmed: Frank Lampard has been appointed as new Chelsea head coach until the end of the season 🔵🤝🏻 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 6, 2023
The club will continue to meet other managers as candidates for long term job. pic.twitter.com/o1hHOZEdQL
Todd Boehly: "Frank has all the qualities we need to drive us to the finish line"
Chelsea club owner Todd Boehly expressed confidence in Frank Lampard saying that he "has all the qualities we need to drive us to the finish line". Boehly went on to say "...we want to provide the club and our fans with a clear and stable plan for the remainder of the season”, showing his intent to end the uncertainty and mess that has characterized Chelsea's dressing room.
Chelsea owners Egbhali & Boehly: “As we continue our 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” 🔵 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 6, 2023
“Frank has all of qualities we need to drive us to the finish line”. pic.twitter.com/dagkUJ4qAS