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Frank Lampard linked with Chelsea return as interim manager

Former Chelsea player and manager Frank Lampard could be set for a return to Stamford Bridge as interim manager, reports talkSPORT.

Lampard enjoyed a stellar 13 years at Chelsea as a player from 2001 to 2014. During that spell, he became the Blues’ all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals in 648 appearances.

This helped the club win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a Champions League, two League Cups and a Europa League.

By contrast, his stint as manager was not so impressive. His first season in charge was somewhat positive, finishing in fourth place and reaching the FA Cup final despite a transfer ban and the sale of star player Eden Hazard.

However, after being heavily backed in the summer transfer window of 2020, the Englishman was unable to take them forward. He was sacked in January 2021, leaving the club in ninth place.

This was followed by a year-long spell at Everton. He helped the Toffees to survival in his first few months, but was ousted in his second season after a poor start to the campaign.

The former midfielder could now be given another crack at the Chelsea job. According to talkSPORT, Lampard is being considered for the vacant head coach position on an interim basis.

Chelsea are currently searching for their third manager of the season. Thomas Tuchel was dismissed in September, and Graham Potter’s brief time in charge came to an end earlier this month.

The two-time European champions are believed to have held provisional talks with Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique. However, both would reportedly prefer to wait until the summer before talking over. The pair are also on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar to replace Antonio Conte.

Potter’s assistant Bruno Saltor took charge of Chelsea’s goalless draw against Liverpool on Tuesday evening – a game in which Lampard was also in attendance. The Spaniard is expected to depart Stamford Bridge in the near future.

The south-west Londoners have some key fixtures coming up as they aim to salvage a disastrous season.

They have four Premier League matches scheduled in April, as well as a Champions League quarter-final tie against holders Real Madrid.

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