A legend is back home: Chelsea appoints Lampard as new manager

A legend is back home: Chelsea appoints Lampard as new manager

Chelsea is infamous for its managerial carousel. Few, if any, mistakes are allowed for the head coaches of the Roman Abramovich's team. Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti, and most recently Maurizio Sarri have all been let go after achieving great successes with the team in the short term. Now, Chelsea supporters must hope that the club's management will stop with this practice as the London club announced the signing of Frank Lampard as a manager.

Chelsea doesn't have greater legends than Frank Lampard - the top goalscorer in the 114-year-old club's history. The former midfielder who was at the core of Chelsea's golden age and was involved with the club for 13 years while being a prototype of a perfectly-behaving player. Hopefully, this will be enough so Frank doesn't get deemed as expendable like the bigger managerial coaching names were.

But it is a risky move as this will be Lampard's second season in the managerial waters, as he only led Derby County for one season before the appointment, getting the Rams in the Championship play-offs but not succeeding in reaching the Premier League.

Lampard is understandably excited about his new chance in the club he loves.

"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," said Lampard.

The 41-year-old signed a three-year deal with the club from Stamford Bridge, but his reign will be a specifically difficult one as Chelsea are under a transfer ban that keeps them from signing players until the end of January 2020.

The ban keeps Chelsea from signing players but Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic are two high-profile newcomers in their own ways this summer. Still, Chelsea fans are hopeful that the ban will make Lampard give the opportunity to Chelsea's youth, especially as he worked with some of them while at Derby.

"There's a nice balance of the older and younger players. I'm excited about the current crop of youngsters, especially seeing the work that has gone into the academy over the years. I've seen the players - I worked with Mason Mount last year and you can see their attitude, how they hold themselves and their manners. I want to dangle the carrot and ask them can you perform? Can you get in the team?" said Lampard, issuing a public challenge to Chelsea's youth.

The former England player made 648 appearances for Chelsea, winning 11 major trophies with the club. Will he add on that tally as a manager?


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