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Frank Lampard Returns as Chelsea’s Caretaker Boss for Remainder of the Season: Football News

Frank Lampard was at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to watch Chelsea’s goalless draw against Liverpool; Chelsea legend managed club for 18 months before being sacked in January 2021; former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique in London to hold Chelsea talks over permanent managerial vacancy

Chelsea have appointed club legend Frank Lampard as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Lampard, who was at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night to watch Chelsea’s goalless draw against Liverpool just 48 hours after Graham Potter was sacked, will be in charge for Saturday’s game at Wolves.

Nothing has been discussed about Lampard staying beyond the summer, with the process for identifying and appointing a full-time head coach continuing.

Frank Lampard’s managerial stats

Club Win percentage Goals per game Goals conceded per game
Everton 27 per cent 0.98 1.61
Chelsea 52 per cent 2.04 1.38
Derby 46 per cent 1.81 1.40

The 44-year-old, who is Chelsea’s record goalscorer, was dismissed as head coach at Stamford Bridge in January 2021 following 18 months in the job. He then took charge at Everton, but was sacked in January after less than a year in the role.

Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali told the club’s official website: “We are delighted to welcome Frank back to Stamford Bridge. Frank is a Premier League Hall of Famer 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.

Jamie Redknapp said he would not be surprised if Chelsea appointed his cousin Frank Lampard as caretaker manager, stating no-one knows the club better than him

“We want to give ourselves every chance of success and Frank has all of the characteristics and qualities we need to drive us to the finish line.

‘We have an important game against Wolves on Saturday and then we will turn our attention to our 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 outcome from all our remaining games.”

Luis Enrique and Nagelsmann leading contenders to become permanent Blues boss

Julian Nagelsmann (left) and Luis Enrique are the frontrunners for the Chelsea job

A caretaker move for Lampard comes after Chelsea held talks in London with former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique over their permanent managerial vacancy.

The 52-year-old, who is out of work after leaving the Spain job following the World Cup, won the treble at Barcelona in 2014/15, lifting LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

The Spaniard and former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann are the leading contenders to take the job permanently.

Sky in Germany are reporting that talks between Nagelsmann’s representatives and Chelsea are ongoing and positive.

The 35-year-old, recently sacked by Bayern Munich, wants to manage in the Premier League and sees it as his natural next destination but will not rush into a decision over his future amid strong interest from Chelsea and Tottenham.

Spanish football expert Graham Hunter discusses whether Luis Enrique could become Chelsea’s next manager

The German wants a short period to reset and his preference is to oversee a full pre-season when taking on a new job.

Chelsea are set to assess up to seven candidates with Mauricio Pochettino, Ruben Amorim, Oliver Glasner and Luciano Spalletti among those under discussion at Stamford Bridge.

However, Sky Sports News understands former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is not a candidate, while Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi is not believed to be on the list.

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Chelsea’s remaining fixtures

Saturday: Wolves (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

Wednesday: Real Madrid (A), Champions League quarter-final, kick-off 8pm

April 15: Brighton (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

April 18: Real Madrid (H), Champions League quarter-final, kick-off 8pm

April 26: Brentford (H) – Premier League, kick-off 7.45pm

April 29: Arsenal (A) – Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports

May 6: Bournemouth (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 13: Nottingham Forest (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 20: Manchester City (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 28: Newcastle (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm

TBA: Man Utd (A) – Premier League

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