England - Lampard becomes coach at Chelsea - Sport
"He is back home," wrote Chelsea FC on the image of a beaming Frank Lampard: The 41-year-old will, as expected, new coach of the Europa League winner from London. On Thursday, the Blues announced that Lampard has signed a three-year deal on Stamford Bridge.
He was "incredibly proud to return to Chelsea as head coach," Lampard was quoted on the club's website. The expectations are high, however. "When he hung up his boots in February 2017, he made a considerable legacy as a player," the club wrote. "We hope that he will succeed as a coach." In his active career, the midfielder won with Chelsea including three Premier League and once each of the Champions League and the Europa League.
Lampard was considered a candidate of the blues bosses. "Frank has fantastic knowledge and knows the club," club director Marina Granovskaia said, "and last season he showed that he is one of the most talented young coaches." In his first year as head coach, he missed with second division Derby County just barely the rise in the Premier League. His predecessor at Chelsea, the Italian Maurizio Sarri, had moved to Juventus after just one year. Sarri won with Chelsea Although the Europa League, but never arrived in England and the fans really.
According to the British media, club owner Roman Abramovich has promised coach Lampard that he has time to make a difference in the blues. What will not be easy: The dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool last was obvious, in addition, Chelsea may not sign up for a transfer until the summer of 2020 new players. US international Christian Pulisic, whom the club had bought in January by Borussia Dortmund and had lent back to BVB until the end of the season, is the only new member of the squad.