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Frank Lampard's journey to Chelsea manager

4 July 2019

Frank Lampard has returned to Chelsea as head coach following the departure of Maurizio Sarri.

Lampard is the club’s all-time leading scorer, winning a glut of trophies in his 13 years at Stamford Bridge including three Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League.

The former midfield star impressed in his first managerial role at Derby County, leading the Rams to the Championship play-off final where they lost to Aston Villa 2-1.

Lampard came through the youth academy at West Ham United before making his debut for the club in January 1996 against Coventry.

The England international spent six years at Upton Park, netting 39 goals in 187 appearances before making the move to Chelsea in the summer of 2001.

It didn’t take long for Lampard to settle into his new surroundings, scoring his first goal in September 2001 against Levski Sofia.

In his debut season, Lampard scored seven goals in 53 appearances.

Lampard perfected his trademark late runs into the box while at Chelsea, helping him score a host of important goals for the club.

In 2004-05, Lampard enjoyed a breakthrough season in front of goal, scoring 19 times in 58 matches and helped Chelsea to a first top flight title in 50 years.

Success continued for Lampard and Chelsea, winning the Premier League the following season as the midfielder contributed 16 league goals.

Four FA Cups were also collected in Lampard’s career, including a fine strike in the 2009 final against Everton.

Lampard brought up 150 goals for Chelsea in March 2010 in a four-goal salvo against Aston Villa.

Those four goals helped Lampard to 22 Premier League strikes that campaign, enough to secure a third league title in six years.

In 2012, Lampard was part of the Chelsea side that picked up an improbable Champions League title, captaining the side in the final against FC Bayern Munich as the Blues won 4-3 on penalties at the Allianz Arena.

In 2013, Lampard made Chelsea history when he scored two goals against Aston Villa to break Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 goals for the club, making him the Blues all-time top scorer.

Lampard bowed out in 2014, leaving the club with 11 major honours and 211 goals.

The former goalscoring midfielder now returns as Chelsea boss and with the club back in the Champions League after winning the Europa League last season.

Chelsea may have lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid but Lampard will be impressed with the talent within the club, including the likes of Rueben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The Blues also secured the permanent services of Mateo Kovačić this week from Real Madrid following a loan spell at Stamford Bridge last season.