Chelsea locate Graham Potter’s replacement, club legend to take charge

Frank Lampard (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Frank Lampard (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /

With Chelsea FC actively on a hunt to find a new manager, former manager Frank Lampard is in discussions to take over as caretaker manager.

Chelsea Football Club’s sacking of Graham Potter on April 1, 2023, was the club’s 14th managerial sacking in the last 20 years. While success has been a part of the story for the Blues over the past two decades, there is a growing trend in the club with regard to managers facing a sack. Keeping this in mind, current club owners might look to assess all managerial candidates before making a decision.

However, it is also obvious that if the Blues are to perform in the Champions League and the FA Cup, they will need an experienced coach to guide them. Hence, the London-based outfit has now turned to former manager Frank Lampard. If reports are to be believed, the club is holding discussions with Lampard to return as caretaker manager till the end of the season.

If the discussions between Chelsea and Lampard go as per plan, the Blues legend could make his managerial return at Chelsea’s game against Wolves on Saturday. It is also worth pointing out that Lampard, popularly known as Super Frankie, was present to watch Chelsea’s goalless 0-0 draw against Liverpool.

If Lampard returns as caretaker manager, the Blues will have ample time to scan and study several managerial profiles. Considering big names such as Luis Enrique, Julian Nagelsmann, and Mauricio Pochettino are all linked, the club will perform several checks before finding the right fit.

Frank Lampard laid the foundations of Chelsea FC’s Champions League victory in 2021

After being appointed Chelsea manager in 2019, Frank Lampard guided the Blues to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League. However, the 44-year-old’s best work came in the following season when Chelsea FC went unbeaten in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Lampard displayed brilliant managerial skills when it came to Europe’s top competition.

However, the club legend later faced the sack due to poor domestic performances. But Lampard’s effort in the Champions League did not go in vain, as his successor, Thomas Tuchel, guided them to Champions League victory in the same season. Currently, as well, the Blues are alive in Europe. If Lampard takes over as manager, it will be interesting to see how Chelsea performs in the Champions League.