Chelsea FC have appointed Frank Lampard as their new manager as the club legend makes a sensational return to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer, has signed a three-year deal to succeed Maurizio Sarri.
The 41-year-old had been the front-runner for the job since it became clear Sarri would return to Italy after just one year to take over at Juventus, despite having just one year as a manager under his belt.
In a statement released by the club, Lampard said he was “immensely proud” to return 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.” he said.
“I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started,” Lampard added.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “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,” he said.
“We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.”
In 2012, Lampard captained Chelsea to their first UEFA Champions League success and a year later to their first UEFA Europa League title.
He was released by the club after the 2013–14 season. A three-time Chelsea Player of the Year, Lampard is the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals in all competitions.
The former England international made 640 appearances for Chelsea during his 13 years at the club, winning three Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League.
Lampard’s first two competitive matches in charge will be the Premier League opener away to Manchester United on August 11, and the UEFA Super Cup Final clash with Liverpool in Instanbul three days later.