Frank Lampard is said to be close to securing a surprise return to Stamford Bridge as the Chelsea manager, albeit on a temporary basis. Talks were initiated by the club with Lampard on Tuesday to bring him in until the end of the season, while they concentrate on identifying a permanent successor for Graham Potter. Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann are believed to be the top contenders.
Lampard, who previously held the position for one and a half seasons before being replaced by Thomas Tuchel in January 2021, is keen to accept the offer following his unceremonious departure from Everton earlier this year, which damaged his reputation.
According to The Telegraph, Ashley Cole and Joe Edwards are expected to join Lampard as part of his backroom staff, similar to their roles during his previous tenure as manager.
The 44-year-old is expected to be present on the sidelines for Chelsea’s upcoming match against Wolves on Saturday, allowing him ample time to prepare for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid on April 12.