Frank Lampard returns to Chelsea as caretaker manager: 'This is my club'

Frank Lampard said the chance of a sensational return to Chelsea as caretaker manager had come out of the blue.

Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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Frank Lampard said the chance of a sensational return to Chelsea as caretaker manager had come out of the blue, but he would not rule out taking the role on a longer-term basis.

Frank Lampard will hold the fort at Stamford Bridge for the rest of this season while the club assess potential longer-term successors to Graham Potter, who include Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique. Only 26 months have passed since he was sacked by Chelsea's previous regime and, having departed his most recent post at Everton in January, the prospect of a call from his old club may have appeared far-fetched.

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But the 44-year-old is back with the brief to rescue a floundering Premier League campaign and, in the first instance, guide Chelsea past Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals. It is ostensibly a short-term appointment but he stopped short of accepting a line will be drawn under his tenure in two months' time. "I'm not getting ahead of myself," he said. "I want to do the best I can to impact the club in this period and we will see what happens afterwards."

Parallels with the job Roberto Di Matteo accomplished in 2012, being named interim manager in March and subsequently guiding Chelsea to the Champions League before taking the job permanently, will become irresistible if they overthrow the reigning holders, Real. "Roberto did an incredible job to stay on, but that's a different time in the club's history," Frank Lampard said. "It won't be my decision as such. I expect those questions, but what is important to me is to park it to one side and get on with the job."

Frank Lampard took the permanent role in July 2019 to a hero's welcome, but left without winning a trophy. "For me, it's not about unfinished business," he said. "That sounds a bit Hollywood. I just want to work and help the club as much as I can."

The offer came as a surprise, Lampard said, but it took little consideration. "It's a pretty easy decision. "This is my club. I have a lot of emotions and feelings. I've come with a belief I can come and help the cause until the end of the season. I'll give my utmost to give the fans what they want."

Chelsea, who are in 11th , 14 points behind the Champions League places, face Wolves at Molineux on Saturday. Lampard hopes his backroom staff, expected to include Ashley Cole, Joe Edwards and Chris Jones, will have been finalised by then.

The club's co-owners, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, said in a statement: "We are delighted to welcome Frank Lampard back to Stamford Bridge. Frank is a Premier League Hall of Famer and a legend at this club.

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