chelsea appoint frank lampard as new manager

11:00    04 Jul 2019

Frank Lampard
Premier League giants Chelsea have appointed club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year deal.

The 41-year-old leaves his post at EFL Championship side Derby County to take over at a club where he spent 13 years as a player and won numerous honours, including three Premier League titles and the 2012 UEFA Champions League.

Lampard succeeds Maurizio Sarri, who left Stamford Bridge in June to take charge of Italian champions Juventus.

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The former England international led Derby to the Championship playoff final, where they lost to Aston Villa, in his first season as a manager.

He takes over with Chelsea under a transfer embargo after the club were given a two-window ban by world governing body FIFA.

"I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach," said Lampard.

"Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared. However, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead.

"I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started."

Lampard is the 10th full-time manager appointed by Roman Abramovich since he bought the club in 2003.

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