Chelsea Confirm Frank Lampard as New Boss
After days of speculation, Chelsea have finally confirmed that Frank Lampard will become their new manager. The former Derby boss and player at Stamford Bridge has signed a three year deal with the club and takes over from Maurizio Sarri, who left The Blues to return to Italy and manage Juventus. This is obviously a huge moment in Lampard's still blossoming managerial career, but he returns to very familiar surroundings for the next phase of that.
The 41 year old spent 13 seasons at Stamford Bridge playing for Chelsea and will go down as one of their most iconic players. The midfielder helped Chelsea lift numerous trophies during his time as a player and it is those glory days that he will be looking to recapture with his former team now that he has become their manager.
Lampard leaves Derby behind, a team he was in charge of for just one season. He finished 6th in the Championship with them, and took them to the playoff final although in that game, Derby were beaten by Aston Villa. This is of course a huge step up, and there will be questions as to whether Lampard is ready for it, but he must feel confident in his own abilities to take the job, and he is going to be a fascinating addition to the top six battle next season.
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When Lampard takes to the field in his very first Premier League fixture as Chelsea boss, it is Manchester United who will be his opponents, and another former player turned manager in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The early betting has United and Solskjaer at 6/5 to win that game at Old Trafford, while Lampard's Chelsea are priced up at 12/5 to give him a dream start to life as Chelsea boss.