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Chelsea are currently without a manager as Maurizio Sarri decided to quit his role as Chelsea manager and join Italian champions Juventus just after one year on the hot Chelsea managerial seat.
Derby County boss and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is expected to take over from Sarri and has been linked with the Chelsea job for many months even while Sarri was still the manager.
Lampard caught the attention of Chelsea chiefs after a brilliant season as Derby boss where his charges played exciting football and even caused some upsets in the League Cup as they knocked out Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. After guiding the Rams to the Play-off final, Chelsea have seen enough and believes that the legend is the man to lead Chelsea.
Lampard remains the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Chelsea manager, but he has seen his odds drift significantly with a new name now in the frame for the job.
Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique has joined the frame to become the next Chelsea manager. Enrique left his position as manager of Spain on Wednesday due to personal reasons, described as ‘a family matter of an urgent nature’ by the Spanish Football Federation.
Bookmakers believe that Chelsea might be interested in making Enrique the next Blues boss, as his odds stand as 9/2 to become the next Chelsea manager. Lampard had been as short as 1/16 to take the job next, but he has now drifted to 1/6.
Chelsea are expected to confirm their decision soon, while Sarri has had his first press conference as Juventus boss.
Explaining his decision to leave Chelsea, Sarri said: “The negotiations with Chelsea lasted less than a month. We all had clear ideas from the start, but you have to respect a contract and two big clubs.
“I thank Chelsea for their stance, as Marina Granovskaia confirmed herself one of the best directors out there.
“The Premier League was a great experience, but in the latter half, I felt professional and personal needs to return to Italy.
“Juventus gave me that opportunity and it’s the crowning moment of a career that for 80 per cent of it was extremely tough.
“When Juventus contacted me, the feeling was strong. I’ve never seen a club so determined to get a coach in my 30 years here and that is what convinced me.”