‘Immensely proud’ Lampard is confirmed as Chelsea boss

Chelsea have confirmed club legend Frank Lampard as their new head coach on a three-year deal.

The Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer replaces Maurizio Sarri, who left to take over as Juventus boss after one season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The 41-year-old guided Derby County to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a manager.

Chelsea paid about £4m to release the former England midfielder from the final two years of his contract with the Rams.

Jody Morris, who made 124 league appearances for Chelsea as a player, is returning as assistant boss.

The Hammersmith-born Morris left his coaching role at Chelsea last year to become Lampard’s assistant.

Lampard scored 213 goals for the Blues during 13 years as a player, winning 11 major trophies.

He captained the side in John Terry’s absence when Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 and also won a Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.

“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.”

Chelsea: Frank Lampard
Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer