Chelsea confirm appointment of Frank Lampard as new manager

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Chelsea have confirmed that Frank Lampard will be their new manager, after the club’s record goalscorer agreed a three-year deal to succeed Maurizio Sarri.

The 41-year-old told the Chelsea website: ‘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 ma here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach. Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game.

‘After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and are delighted he has done so. We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.’

Chelsea have paid Derby County more than £4?million in compensation to take Lampard back, along with his assistant Jody Morris and fitness coach Chris Jones.

There will also be roles on Lampard’s first-team staff for Joe Edwards, who will be promoted from the Academy, and Eddie Newton, who had been in charge of Chelsea’s loan players.

Following his unveiling, Lampard will take part of his new squad to Dublin for a pre-season training camp, during which they will play two friendlies next week, and then a bigger squad will go to Japan for a tour.

Lampard’s team will start their Premier League campaign against Manchester United before facing European champions Liverpool in the Super Cup.

Having become Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer as a player, Lampard is now the first permanent English head coach to be appointed by owner Roman Abramovich.

The last permanent English Chelsea manager was Glenn Hoddle, who left in 1996. During his first season of coaching at Derby, Lampard took the Rams to the Championship play-off final which they lost to Aston Villa.

-Telegraph

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