According to reports, Frank Lampard is on the verge of being appointed as Chelsea’s new head coach on a short-term contract. The decision came after Graham Potter, the previous coach, was removed from his position on Sunday, and his coaching staff member Bruno Saltor was appointed as the interim coach.
However, Lampard, who is a club legend and a former manager of the Blues, was in attendance at Stamford Bridge during the match against Liverpool on Tuesday, which was coached by Saltor. Lampard’s surprise visit apparently involved discussions with the powers-that-be, which suggest that he is in line to take over the team.
While there were reports that Luis Enrique had traveled to London to hold talks with Chelsea’s hierarchy, it is expected that Lampard will take the reins on a deal until the end of the season. The relevant parties have already held talks, and Lampard is seemingly ready to accept the opportunity to return to a club where he enjoyed widespread success during his playing days.
If Lampard is confirmed as the new interim Chelsea boss, it will come just over two months after he was sacked as Everton manager. Lampard collected just two points from his final eight league games with the Toffees, and the Englishman was seemingly ready to wait until the summer and beyond to ponder further opportunities.
In his previous stint as Chelsea boss between July 2019 and January 2021, Lampard recorded 44 wins and 23 defeats during his 84-match stint in charge. During that period, Lampard earned the club a top-four finish in the 2019-20 Premier League despite Chelsea being hit with a transfer ban, reached an FA Cup final, and had Chelsea in first place in the top flight in December of the 2020-21 campaign. However, an eight-match period in the league which consisted of five defeats and just seven points being accumulated led to his departure.
Chelsea will face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday afternoon, and Lampard is expected to be back in the dugout for this game. It will be followed by the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu four days later. With Lampard’s past successes at the club, Chelsea fans will be hoping that he can replicate his achievements in his new stint as interim coach.