Frank Lampard is under consideration to become the new Chelsea manager but is not the only name in the frame, according to new technical and performance adviser, Petr Cech.
The Blues are searching for a new man to take over in the Stamford Bridge dugout following Maurizio Sarri’s departure to Juventus after just one year in charge.
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- Sarri won the Europa League and finished third in the Premier League during 2018/19.
- But after just one season, he has departed to Serie A champions Juventus.
- Lampard has been linked with the vacant Chelsea position since Sarri left.
- Derby have since revealed they have ‘excused’ him from pre-season training to help conclude talks.
- And Petr Cech how now revealed Lampard is among Chelsea’s list of candidates.
Despite winning the Europa League, reaching the League Cup final and finishing third in the Premier League, a large section of the Chelsea fanbase never warmed to Sarri and now, many are tipping Lampard as the man to come in and win over the club’s supporters – in a managerial sense.
Lampard is Chelsea’s record goalscorer (211 goals) and lifted 11 major honours with the Blues during a glittering 13-year stay at Stamford Bridge and after taking Derby County to the Championship play-off final during his debut managerial season, he is now being heavily linked with a return to the club.
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“The club has identified several candidates, the situation is open,” Cech told Czech News Agency. “Frank is one of them. Before the first team begins preparations we want to solve the issue of the new manager.
“The most important thing is to choose a new manager, it will be crucial in the context of further work.
“The coach will have ideas for the team, we will be completing the team for next season. He will have to look at the players and decide who will go to Japan.”
With rumours surrounding Lampard’s departure from Derby gathering pace, the Rams issued a statement on their official website admitting the 41-year-old had been excused from pre-season training on Monday and Tuesday to allow proceedings to conclude “as soon as possible”.
The statement read: “Derby County has excused Frank Lampard from reporting back for pre-season training on Monday and Tuesday to allow his discussions regarding a potential move to Chelsea to be concluded as soon as possible.”