After letting Italian manager Maurizio Sarri go to Juventus, Chelsea FC have finally announced his substitute. And it’s someone well-known all over Stamford Bridge. A legend for many. We’re talking about Frank Lampard! Yeah, exactly him! After so much speculation in recent weeks, the former player returns to his old after a remarkable campaign with the almost-promoted from the Championship, Derby County.
At an interview for Chelsea’s official website, Lampard had this to say:
“You can expect a young manager who will give everything, every hour of the day, to make a team that fans can be proud of”
After officially retiring from football back in 2016, when he defended MLS side New York City, Lampard began two years later in the new role facing the challenge of trying to lead Derby County to the Premier League. And almost succeeded. The Rams last season’s campaign in the 6th place and fell in the playoffs to Aston Villa, who got promoted to the Premier League alongside Norwich City (winner) and Sheffield United (runners-up).
As a player, Frank Lampard is a true legend at Chelsea. He arrived at the Stamford Bridge back in 2001 but he had also played for West Ham and Swansea before the Blues. His numbers for Chelsea are pretty good, especially for a midfielder, as he has played 429 games for the Blues, and ended up scoring 147 goals.
Lampard had also a noticeable career at the English national team, as he played 106 times and scored 29 goals throughout the 15 years in which he wore the Three Lions jersey.
Lampard arrives with an arduous task to repeat the good season that Sarri made and all of that that without being able to hire since Chelsea is prohibited from doing transactions in this window due to a financial fair play fine.
We also need to remember that modern-days Chelsea are known for always sacking their managers. There even English betting websites who are betting that he will not even last until January 2020. That’s harsh on him, but it’s possible. I hope he can prove them wrong and make a great season with the Blues.