Chelsea’s co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have spoken on the return of Frank Lampard as the club’s caretaker manager for the rest of the 2022/23 campaign.
Lampard has been appointed on an temporary basis until the end of the season while Chelsea complete their ‘exhaustive and thorough’ search for a new permanent head coach.
The 44-year-old, who has previously managed 84 games for Chelsea in an 18 month spell before getting sacked in January 2021, which saw them go onto win the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel.
Lampard now returns in roles reversed as he re-joins mid-season to oversee Chelsea’s final nine games of the Premier League season, as well as take charge of their Champions League quarter-final clash against Real Madrid, with the first leg at the Bernabeu next Wednesday.
His first game in charge will be against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday ahead of their huge trip to Spain against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Boehly and Eghbali told the club’s in-house media: “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 exhaustive process for a permanent head coach, we want to provide the club and our fans with a clear and stable plan for the remainder of the season.
“We want to give ourselves every chance of success and Frank has all of the characteristics and qualities we need to drive us to the finish line.
“We have an important game against Wolves on Saturday and then we will turn our attention to our Champions League quarter-final in Madrid next week.
“We are all going to give Frank our full backing as we aim to get the best possible outcome from all our remaining games.”
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