Frank Lampard has been appointed caretaker manager at Chelsea just two years after being axed following the sackings of Tuchel and Potter
FRANK LAMPARD was appointed caretaker manager at Chelsea just two years after being sacked by the Blues.
The 44-year-old was present at Stamford Bridge as his old side drew 0-0 with Liverpool under temporary boss Bruno Saltor on Tuesday night.
Lampard, who was sacked by Everton in January, has agreed to take charge of the Blues until the end of the season.
Chelsea bosses will rely on Lampard as they conduct a thorough search for a new manager after Graham Potter was axed last week.
A statement from Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said: “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 comprehensive process for a permanent head coach, we aim to present the club and our fans with a clear and stable plan for the remainder of the season.
“We want to give each other every chance to succeed and Frank has all the qualities and qualities we need to get us where we want to be.
“We have an important game against Wolves on Saturday and then we will focus on our Champions League quarter-finals in Madrid next week.
“We will all give Frank our full support as we aim to get the best possible result from all our remaining games.”
The Blues have held talks with Luis Enrique about their top job.
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Ex-Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann is also in the frame.
Chelsea have endured a dismal season, finishing 11th in the Premier League table and falling early from both domestic cups.
However, they are still in the Champions League and will face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals later this month.
In his first term, Lampard led the Blues to fourth place despite a transfer ban and the sale of Eden Hazard.
But he was sacked midway through the 2020-21 season after five losses in eight games.
Lampard won 44 of his 84 games in charge between July 2019 and January 2021 – drawing 15 and losing 25.
He was replaced at Stamford Bridge by Thomas Tuchel and the German went on to win the Champions League in his first six months as manager.
Tuchel was fired by new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali in September and replaced by Potter.
But the Englishman has only lasted 31 games on the job, winning just 12, drawing eight and losing 11.
His last game in charge was the dismal 2-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday.
After leaving Chelsea, Lampard returned to the game with Everton in January 2022.
He has spent the last 12 months at Goodison Park and sustained the Toffees last season before struggling this time.
Overall, he won just 12 of his 44 games as Everton manager, drawing eight and losing 24.