Chelsea director explains why Frank Lampard was chosen as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been confirmed as the new Chelsea boss. He returns to Stamford Bridge having signed a three-year contract.

Despite doubts over Lampard’s suitability for the Chelsea job given his relative inexperience, Lampard was first choice to replace Maurizio Sarri who left for Juventus after one season in charge.

According to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, Lampard was appointed as the new Chelsea boss due to his fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club. Granovskaia also believes Lampard demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game during his time as Derby boss.

Granovskaia said: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach. Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game.

“After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and are delighted he has done so. We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.”

Meanwhile, Lampard has admitted he can’t wait to get started as Chelsea boss.

In a video showing Lampard walking around the Stamford Bridge pitch, he said: “I’m delighted to be back. I have so many great memories at this place. The new role starts here, I cannot wait to get started. See you soon.”

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