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Chelsea consider interim Frank Lampard appointment on one condition amid Enrique & Nagelsmann talks



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Frank Lampard is open to taking the Chelsea job on an interim basis after emerging as a potential option until the end of the season, according to reports.

The 44-year-old, who was sacked by Chelsea in January 2021, was in co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali’s box at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night for their 0-0 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League.

Chelsea are currently in talks with both Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann over the managerial vacancy in west London to succeed Graham Potter who sacked dismissed last Sunday after winning just 11 of his 31 games in charge.

Enrique has flown into London on Wednesday morning for further talks after impressing in initial discussions, while contact has also been made with recently-sacked Nagelsmann.

Chelsea are taking their time with the ‘exhaustive and thorough’ search for their next permanent head coach and are considering between five and seven options for the job at Stamford Bridge.

However, should both prefer to not want to take the job until the end of the season, Chelsea have not ruled out appointing a more experienced interim for the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign, according to information from Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

After being spotted at the game on Tuesday, Lampard has emerged as an option to become caretaker however, as per Matt Law, ‘sources are adamant that scenario is simply a consideration at this stage’.

Tom Roddy of The Times has revealed Lampard is ‘not currently being considered as a long-term successor but is open to returning in a temporary role’.

Chelsea have a huge Champions League tie against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals at the Bernabeu next Wednesday and, at this stage, Bruno Saltor will be in charge should their be no chance in the dugout.

Their next game comes on Saturday away to Wolves in the Premier League and Chelsea will be hoping to convert one of their chances after two successive games without a goal despite having 39 shots at goal.