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Just In - Chelsea FC Appoints Former Player, Frank Lampard As Head Coach

The Blues "Chelsea" have confirmed the return and appointment of Frank Lampard as the club's new manager, with the former Blues midfielder signing an three-year deal to replace former head coach, Maurizio Sarri who is now in Juventus.

Despite a third-place finish in the English Premier League last season and Europa League glory, Sarri struggled to win over fans and jumped at the chance to succeed Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus. Lampard quickly emerged as the stand-out candidate to take over at Stamford Bridge, having made a promising start to his managerial career with Championship outfit Derby County.

He undoubtedly moulded a young, attack-minded side which featured two Chelsea loanees in Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount and narrowly missed out on promotion after losing to Aston Villa in the play-off final. Derby had wanted to keep Lampard, and even opened talks over a new contract, but he was convinced to return to Chelsea and the Blues have paid around £4million in compensation.

The 41-year-old will face a testing first season in charge as Chelsea face up to the prospect of a two-window transfer ban, though they have appealed the decision. If the appeal is unsuccessful, Lampard will not be able to make any new signings until next summer and will need to utilise the academy to a far great extent than previous managers.

Lampard enjoyed 13 hugely successful seasons at Chelsea as a player and remains the club's record goalscorer, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League. He is unlikely to be the only familiar face returning to west London, with Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole both linked with roles in Lampard's backroom team, while former Chelsea academy boss and Derby assistant Jody Morris also moves to Stamford Bridge.

In Lampard's words:

"I am not naive. I understand fans want success. I don't see this as a risk. I am not fearful of the downsides," he said. "Coming here 19 years ago was a challenge. I had the radio on and some people were questioning whether I should be here for £11m.

"I thought last year was a huge challenge." "I know it is an obvious question and I understand it. "What I do believe is that I played under a lot of fantastic managers and learned a lot, and I think that stands me in good stead.

"I learned a lot at Derby and I know this club and how it works - but I have to prove that."

According to Pat Nevin: 

'I hope Chelsea return doesn't tarnish Lampard as Chelsea legend'. Despite Lampard's status at Chelsea, this move so early in his managerial career has been seen by some as a risk, especially for a club which has had four different managers in the past four years.

Will this be the worst mistake Chelsea have ever made? Leave your comments below.. 

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