Chelsea have finally confirmed that Frank Lampard will return to the club as their new manager.
This comes after weeks of speculation that he would be the man to replace Sarri. The Italian had a relatively good first season in the Premier League. He took them to two finals, winning one the Europa League, and got them in the top four.
However, Chelsea fans became critical of him at times. He was very stubborn in his ways and wouldn't really change his style of play. One of their biggest criticism was lack of youth and not playing Kante in his position. Couple this with the fact he missed being in Italy and Sarri was gone after just one year. He is now the manager at Italian champions Juventus.
Lampard is a club legend at Chelsea and was there for 13 seasons. He won 11 trophies in his time at Stamford Bridge including the Premier League and the Champions League. Lampard is the clubs all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals, and for a midfielder that's an incredible record.
When he left Chelsea he played for Man City and then New York City. After this, he became a manager and took over at Derby County last year. In his first season at the club, he took Derby to the Play-Off Final where they were beaten by Aston Villa 2-1.
After this, he attracted the interest of Chelsea. He had shown he could work well with youth players including Chelsea's own Mason Mount who was at Derby on loan. This is something their new manager would need to be able to do as Chelsea have a two-window transfer ban, so will need to use their younger players.
After Sarri agreed to leave the club Chelsea then spent time trying to get Lampard as their manager. This morning it was announced he would take over the role on a three-year deal.
HE’S HOME! 🙌
Frank Lampard is the new Chelsea head coach!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 4, 2019
Paddy Power Specials
With Lampard now in charge at Stamford Bridge, Paddy Power now have some new bets available.
Lampard to win a trophy 2019/20 season – 4/1. Lampard has never won a trophy as a manager but has won plenty as a player. He has the experience of dealing with high-pressure situations which he could pass on to his players. Last year Chelsea did get into two finals but Eden Hazard was a major factor in this. They still have a good squad and given there are four trophies available this may not be a bad bet at 4/1.
To leave Chelsea before May 17th 2020 – 5/6. Just because he's a Chelsea legend doesn't mean he can't be sacked. Since Abramovich took over in 2003 Chelsea has now had ten permanent managers. Lampard only has one season of experience behind him and a lack of transfers could mean the team will struggle this year. Will Abramovich have the patience to stick with him?
To win the Premier League and the FA Cup – 150/1. Chelsea's new manager won both these trophies multiple times. In the 2009/10 season, he won them both. This would be an unbelievable start for him, one that would increase his legendary status at the club even more. It's difficult to see anyone other than Man City and Liverpool winning the league next year, but at 150/1 who knows!
Chelsea to finish above Man United – 8/11. Man United was less than convincing last season and given that both clubs have brought in ex-players this is going to be interesting. The only advantage they have is they can sign players. However, they don't tend to spend well and Chelsea could well finish ahead of them if Lampard gets the best out of his players.