Chelsea Open Talk With Their Ex-player To Take Over As Interim Manager

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According to Telegraph, Chelsea have opened talks with Frank Lampard over a stunning return as interim manager as they continue to search for a permanent replacement for Graham Potter. Lampard is ready to help on a short-term basis at the club where he played for more than a decade and was sacked as head coach in January 2021. Chelsea are progressing their hunt for a longer-term solution by holding discussions in London with Luis Enrique, who is vying with Julian Nagelsmann for the job. But it would suit the club to have a more experienced interim manager than Bruno Saltor, who was put in charge after Potter’s departure on Sunday, and Lampard could be in the dugout for Saturday’s game at Wolves if talks go smoothly. Lampard attended Chelsea’s goalless draw with Liverpool on Tuesday and has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in January. The former midfielder lasted 18 months as Chelsea’s manager before being fired by the former owner Roman Abramovich. A dreadful run led to his replacement by Thomas Tuchel but his appointment would be welcomed by supporters, who rate him as Chelsea’s greatest player.

Chelsea’s co-controlling owners, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, are committed to a thorough process in searching for a longer-term option. They have placed the sporting directors, Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, in charge of vetting candidates and do not want to rush their decision. Chelsea, who play the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final away to Real Madrid next Wednesday, are considering at least five coaches.

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