Chelsea have appointed club legend and all-time top scorer Frank Lampard as their new head-coach.
Lampard was identified as the preferred choice to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge despite having only one year of managerial experience at Derby, who he led to the Championship playoff final but lost to Aston Villa.
Sarri left to join Juventus after just one season at Chelsea which ended with a top-three finish in the Premier League, victory over London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final and a loss on penalties to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
Lampard, 40, becomes the first Englishman, and the 11th man overall, to be appointed as a permanent Chelsea manager by owner Roman Abramovich.
He will be accompanied by Jody Morris, who spent four years coaching at Chelsea’s academy before leaving to become Lampard’s assistant at Derby in 2018.
Lampard’s return will be hugely popular with Chelsea supporters. He won 11 major trophies in 13 years at Stamford Bridge, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League. He is the club’s all-time top scorer with 211 goals.