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Official: Chelsea appoint Frank Lampard as interim manager

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The Blues have turned to a club legend to revive their fortunes for the rest of the 2023/24 campaign.

Chelsea have appointed former manager Frank Lampard in a caretaker role until the end of the season.

The 44-year-old Englishman returns for a second spell in the Stamford Bridge dugout, just over two years after the club replaced him with Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel’s successor, Graham Potter, lost his job on Sunday.

“We are delighted to welcome Frank back to Stamford Bridge,” Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said in a statement.

“Frank is a Premier League Hall of Famer and a legend at this club. As we continue our thorough and exhaustive process for a permanent head coach, we want to provide the club and our fans with a clear and stable plan for the remainder of the season. We want to give ourselves every chance of success and Frank has all of the characteristics and qualities we need to drive us to the finish line.

“We have an important game against Wolves on Saturday and then we will turn our attention to our Champions League quarter-final in Madrid next week. We are all going to give Frank our full backing as we aim to get the best possible outcome from all our remaining games.”

Lampard was present in the stands during Tuesday’s 0-0 draw between Chelsea and Liverpool. Bruno Saltor was in charge of that game.

He is set to make his second debut as Blues boss on Saturday away to Wolves.