Frank Lampard could be set for a return to Stamford Bridge as interim manager and the Englishman looks ready to embrace the task.
Fabrizio Romano claims Lampard is ‘100% prepared to accept the job,’ even though it would only see him last in west London until the end of the season.
Chelsea have already sacked two managers this term.
After parting with the 2020/21 Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel in September, the Blues severed ties with his successor Graham Potter last weekend.
For a club of its stature, changing three permanent bosses in a single season would expose the Pensioners to mockery, so they want to be sure to have chosen wisely.
They have already opened discussions with Julian Nagelsmann, who left Bayern Munich during the international break under suspicious circumstances, but there’s plenty of competition.
In addition to Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and several other Europe’s big clubs have contacted the German tactician, who remains one of the hottest young managers despite his ill-fated stint in Munich.
Another option is former Barcelona and Spain coach Luis Enrique, who’s been approached by Chelsea’s powerbrokers in recent days, after revealing his desire to return to club management.
However, it seems the Blues would rather postpone making their final choice until the summer and find a temporary solution to fill the vacancy, considering the Premier League season is lost anyway.
Caretaker boss Bruno Saltor showed nothing noteworthy on his touchline debut as Chelsea shared the spoils in a ‘hard-to-watch’ 0-0 home draw on Tuesday.
With the Champions League trophy still up for grabs, no matter the odds, the London outfit would like a more proven solution in the dugout ahead of their quarter-final tie against Real Madrid.
While Lampard is a familiar face and a die-hard Chelsea fan, his track record during his abysmal managerial tenure at Everton suggests the Blues may want to think twice before giving it a go.
Not long ago, the Toffees relieved the Englishman of his duties after his clueless management almost led them to certain damnation – a luxury Chelsea cannot afford with European glory still on the cards.
It’s no wonder Lampard wouldn’t mind returning to the club that showed him the door in January 2021, considering his recent Premier League results as a manager are unlikely to land him another high-profile job soon.
Unfortunately for him, the final decision rests on Chelsea, who may understandably have second thoughts.
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