Chelsea: Romano reveals two reasons behind ‘shock’ Lampard decision; three managers out of race

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Chelsea appointing Lampard

Fabrizio Romano has revealed the two main reasons behind Chelsea opting to bring Frank Lampard back to the club as interim head coach.

The Blues have been searching for a new manager since they parted company with Graham Potter at the end of last week.

The Premier League club have been linked with several managers in recent days but it was revealed on Wednesday night that Lampard is set to return to the club.

The club legend’s first spell as manager ended at the start of 2021 but he now is primed to take over on a deal until the summer. 

This decision has baffled some onlookers as he was recently sacked by Everton at the start of this year amid the club’s dismal form and their position near the bottom of the Premier League.

Romano thinks Lampard is returning to Chelsea for two main reasons but it ‘won’t change their intention to find a new coach for a long-term project’.

‘So why has this happened? They want a good shock for this squad between now and the end of the season, and also to give them more time to choose the next full time coach,’ Romano wrote for Caught Offside.

‘There’s an agreement in principle between Lampard and Chelsea on short term deal, he’s happy to return to the club. We are now waiting for the final steps, it could happen very soon.

‘It won’t change Chelsea’s intention to find new coach for long term project; Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique remain in the race for sure, of course, most likely waiting for the summer now to get started at Stamford Bridge.’

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Romano has also confirmed that Chelsea have not had talks with Roberto De Zerbi, Luciano Spalletti or Ruben Amorim.

‘We know Chelsea decided to make a change and have had conversations with managers in the last few days, though not with Roberto De Zerbi and not with Luciano Spalletti. We know Ruben Amorim is also appreciated but he’s not leaving Sporting now,’ Romano added.

‘But we know Julian Nagelsmann is one of the favourites, and also Luis Enrique was in London on Wednesday morning. Chelsea held talks with Nagelsmann about the long-term project, and these conversations were very positive, but Enrique also prepared a detailed plan for his Chelsea project, so let’s see how this develops, and if other candidates will join them in the race.

‘At the moment, I’m not sure there was any specific difference between Enrique and Nagelsmann. Both had good conversations with Chelsea, they have different vision and ideas; that’s why Chelsea will take their time before deciding. Enrique would love to work in the Premier League, that’s for sure, he’s 100% sure he wants this job.’

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