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Frank Lampard’s four-man backroom staff revealed ahead of imminent Chelsea interim head coach return



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Frank Lampard’s first four members of his Chelsea caretaker backroom staff have been revealed after he accepted the interim head coach job, according to reports.

The 44-year-old has been called upon by Chelsea to take over the side until the end of the season following the sacking of Graham Potter last Sunday.

Expectation around the club was that Lampard would accept the job offer, as reported by various sources, due to being willing to help his former side out for their final nine Premier League games, as well as their Champions League run which sees them face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.

David Ornstein of The Athletic reported that Lampard reached an agreement in principle to return to west London until the end of the season.

It’s set to see Lampard in the dugout for Saturday’s league game at Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers. His second game in charge will be at the Bernabeu against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Joe Edwards and Ashley Cole, both of whom worked under Lampard during his stints at Chelsea and Everton, are both set return for the remainder of the season, according to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, while David Ornstein confirms Chris Jones will be part of the staff.

Nizaar Kinsella has added that Paul Clement will also join the backroom team.

Chelsea were hoping to name an permanent successor for Potter as soon as possible, however refused to rush the appointment and wanted the process to be ‘exhaustive and thorough’.

Julian Nagelsmann had been approached while Luis Enrique flew to England on Wednesday morning for in-person talks after he impressed during initial discussions with the club.

Mauricio Pochettino was among other names linked with co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart leading the appointment after recommending to Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali to fire Potter less than seven months in charge.

Many of the players thanked Potter for his services during his short tenure, including Kai Havertz who revealed there were ‘mixed emotions’ in the dressing room amid some frustrated and happy players.

“Of course, there were mixed emotions for everyone,” the 23-year-old told Standard Sport on Potter’s exit.

“It is not that, I don’t know how many players that we have in the squad… that everyone is (either) frustrated or happy.

“There are mixed emotions from everyone. For me, it was of course sad news. We saw it in the media. Everyone took it by themselves through the media. That’s it. I liked Graham and I liked what he did, that’s it.”