Lampard was fired from Chelsea just two years ago and replaced as manager by Thomas Tuchel, although this was before the current Chelsea owner, American businessman Todd Boehli, gained control of the company.
Now Lampard is back as a short-term solution while Chelsea continues negotiations with candidates for the permanent job. Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was reportedly in London on Wednesday to talk to Chelsea representatives, and Julian Nagelsmann, who was recently fired from Bayern, has also been linked to the vacancy.
Frank is a member of the Premier League Hall of Fame and a legend of this club, said Boeley and co-owner Behdad Eghbali. As we continue the thorough and exhaustive process of finding a permanent head coach, we want to provide the club and our fans with a clear and stable plan for the rest of the season.
We want to give ourselves every chance to succeed, and Frank has all the characteristics and qualities we need to take us to the finish line.
Lampard, who was sacked in January from relegation-threatened Everton, will lead Chelsea to the Champions League quarterfinals where they will face Real Madrid.
Fired from Chelsea in January 2021, Lampard lost the opportunity to coach the team in the knockout stages of the Champions League that season. Tuchel took over as coach, made the team tough to beat and eventually led Chelsea to their second European title by beating Manchester City in the final.
Lampard’s first game at Chelsea is Saturday against Wolverhampton in the Premier League. Chelsea languishes in 11th place, 14 points behind the top four, and is unlikely to be among the Champions League contenders.
The squad he will inherit is very different from the one he left behind after Chelsea spent $630 million on 16 players in the last two transfer windows.
Lampard, Chelsea’s midfielder from 2001-14, will become the fourth manager to lead the team this season, after Tuchel, Potter, who was fired Sunday, and Bruno Saltor, who played in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
We will all give Frank our full support as we strive to get the best possible result in all the remaining games, Boeley and Egbali said.
Thanks to 1-0 and 2-0 victories over Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan respectively in Imphal last month, India attook 8.57 ranking points and placed fifth, moving up just one spot from the former 106th spot from the top 100.
This is the first ranking table this year – the previous one was on December 22 of last year. India is now one place below New Zealand and one place above Kenya.
With 1200.66 points, the team coached by Igor Stimak is 19th among 46 Asian countries.
India’s best ranking was 94th, achieved in 1996. The country rarely made it out of the top 100.
World Champions Argentina climbed one position to the top of the list, followed by France, Brazil, Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain in the top 10.
Japan ranks first among Asian countries.