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16:00  25 june  2019
16:00  25 june  2019 Source:   goal.com

Lampard wants Drogba back at Chelsea if he's appointed manager

Lampard wants Drogba back at Chelsea if he's appointed manager Frank Lampard has told the Chelsea hierarchy he wants former team-mate and club legend Didier Drogba to join his coaching staff at Stamford Bridge, according to a report. Drogba, who had thrown his support behind Lampard to be a success at Chelsea as manager in recent months, is rumoured to have had lunch with Lampard in the last week. It is very possible Lampard relayed his desire to bring Drogba back to the club and he’s believed to be relishing the opportunity of returning to the club where he holds legendary status. It is understood he will be joined by his current assistant at Derby, Jody Morris with Shay Given and Drogba also being lined up for coaching positions.

HITS . Pep Guardiola After leaving Barcelona as a player in 2001, Guardiola returned as ‘B’ Team manager in 2007 before being promoted to first-team coach a Roberto Di Matteo Like Solskjaer, Di Matteo accepted a caretaker role with former club Chelsea in 2012, although he had previously been

Frank Lampard and Jody Morris will return to Chelsea 'within 48 hours'Credit: Action Images. Lampard is Chelsea 's record scorer with 211 goals in 648 matches and one of the Blues' best players ever, winning 11 major trophies with the club including three Premier League titles and the Champions

Lampard to Chelsea: Returning heroes - the hits and misses © Getty Images Derby County manager Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard will be the latest man to return to a club where he starred as a player if he agrees to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

Derby County on Tuesday gave the Blues permission to speak to their former midfielder about the vacancy created by Sarri's departure for Juventus and the 41-year-old is expected to make an emotional return to Stamford Bridge, where he spent 13 years as a player.

Lampard scored 211 goals in his Chelsea career, setting a club record, and if he re-signs will be tasked with reviving the enthusiasm of supporters who struggled to warm to Sarri during a season of mixed fortunes.

Derby "crank up the pressure" on Lampard

Derby Derby County have “cranked up the pressure” on Frank Lampard, as talk of his future continues to dominate the headlines. Lampard is the strong favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager this summer, returning to the club that made him a legend during his playing days. There is still no confirmation that he will exit Derby, however, and he is due back to work for pre-season at the end of this week. The Championship club want his future resolved before then, according to the Mirror, in order to focus on next season. Lampard has been on holiday with his family, but he is now under pressure to sort matters either way.

We take a look at eight other examples of players returning to manage teams they played for and their varying levels of success. HITS . Like Solskjaer, Di Matteo accepted a caretaker role with former club Chelsea in 2012, although he had previously been assistant to Andre Villas-Boas.

We take a look at eight other examples of players returning to manage teams they played for and their varying levels of success. HITS . Like Solskjaer, Di Matteo accepted a caretaker role with former club Chelsea in 2012, although he had previously been assistant to Andre Villas-Boas.

Chelsea reached the EFL Cup final and won the Europa League in 2018-19, but fans voiced their dismay after results like the 6-0 hammering at Manchester City in February and a 4-0 reverse at Bournemouth in January.

As Lampard weighs up the possibility of turning his back on Derby, who he led to the Championship play-off final in his first season in charge, we take a look at nine other examples of players returning to manage teams they played for and their varying levels of success.

HITS

Pep Guardiola

After leaving Barcelona as a player in 2001, Guardiola returned as 'B' Team manager in 2007 before being promoted to the coach of the senior side a year later. Over four years in charge at Camp Nou he led the Blaugrana to 14 trophies, including three LaLiga titles and two Champions League crowns. Success has continued to come Guardiola's way with Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

Ballack could return to Chelsea as part of Lampard's coaching team

Ballack could return to Chelsea as part of Lampard's coaching team According to reports coming from Sky Germany, Michael Ballack could well be part of Frank Lampard’s coaching staff at Chelsea. There have been rumours circulating for a long time now about who will be Maurizio Sarri’s successor. Even before it was announced that Sarri would be leaving Chelsea, Lampard was the front runner to take his position. Lampard has only been in a managerial role for one season but showed success as he took his Derby County squad to the play-off final, where they were ultimately beaten by Dean Smith’s Aston Villa. Now, with Lampard in talks over the Chelsea role, attention turns to who could follow him to Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard could seal a sensational return to Chelsea as manager within the next two days. Frank Lampard and Jody Morris are set to leave Derby and return to Chelsea . He has only been Derby manager for a season and narrowly missed out on securing promotion to the Premier League

HITS . Pep Guardiola After leaving Barcelona as a player in 2001, Guardiola returned as 'B' Team manager in 2007 before being promoted to first-team coach a Roberto Di Matteo Like Solskjaer, Di Matteo accepted a caretaker role with former club Chelsea in 2012, although he had previously been

Zinedine Zidane

World Cup-winner Zidane was part of Real Madrid's 'Galacticos' in the early 2000s and he finished his playing career at the Santiago Bernabeu. Like Guardiola, he returned to oversee the second team before stepping up to the top job after the departure of Rafael Benitez in January 2016. Zidane went on to win an unprecedented three successive Champions League titles with Madrid before stepping away last May, only to return 10 months later. Time will tell if that was a wise move, however.

Antonio Conte

In 13 seasons as a player for Juventus, Conte won everything there is to win – five league titles, the Coppa Italia, the Champions League and the UEFA Cup. He moved into management two years after retiring and worked his way back to Juve after spells with Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena. Under Conte Juve won three Serie A titles in a row – the start of their current dominance – before he accepted the Italy job.

Lampard signs Chelsea contract with announcement edging closer

Lampard signs Chelsea contract with announcement edging closer Frank Lampard has reportedly signed his contract to take over at Chelsea, with an official announcement edging ever closer. According to Pete O’Rourke, Lampard has finally put pen to paper as he prepares to take the Chelsea job in what will only be his second season in management. Derby County confirmed last week that they had allowed Lampard to hold talks with Chelsea over the vacant job. It was also revealed this morning that he had been excused from pre-season training, with the Derby players returning from their holidays on Monday. The latest reports suggest that it is just a matter of time before the club’s former midfielder is unveiled as their new manager.

HITS . Pep Guardiola After leaving Barcelona as a player in 2001, Guardiola returned as 'B' Team manager in 2007 before being promoted to first-team coach a Roberto Di Matteo Like Solskjaer, Di Matteo accepted a caretaker role with former club Chelsea in 2012, although he had previously been

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earning a full-time Manchester United contract, we looked at other returning heroes . Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United return was Roberto Di Matteo Like Solskjaer, Di Matteo accepted a caretaker role with former club Chelsea in 2012, although he had previously been

Roberto Di Matteo

Like Solskjaer, Di Matteo accepted a caretaker role with former club Chelsea in 2012, although he had previously been assistant to Andre Villas-Boas. Di Matteo – who won the FA Cup twice with the Blues as a player – went on to lift two trophies as Chelsea boss, including their first Champions League title with a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich.

MISSES

Alan Shearer

Record Premier League goalscorer, Newcastle United legend and lethal England striker – Shearer's playing career was full of success. When he retired in 2006 Shearer moved into television as a pundit, but when the Magpies came calling in 2009 he stepped in to try and save them from relegation. Sadly for Shearer he was not successful, his eight-game reign ending in Newcastle slipping out of the top flight after a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on the final day.

Filippo Inzaghi

Employing former players as managers had previously worked well for AC Milan over the years – Fabio Capello and Carlo Ancelotti proving particularly successful. So, when the Rossoneri turned to Inzaghi in 2014 after Clarence Seedorf's brief tenure, the move was no surprise. However, the former striker – who won eight major trophies at the club in his playing days – flopped, winning 14 of his 40 matches in charge as Milan finished 10th, their worst league finish in 17 years.

Lampard set to be unveiled as Chelsea manager

Lampard set to be unveiled as Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be unveiled as Chelsea’s new manager on Thursday, according to the Guardian. The Blues legend has been the clear front-runner to replace Maurizio Sarri ever since the Italian left for Juventus. Although it has taken time for a deal to be agreed, Chelsea supporters will finally be able to call Lampard their new boss on Thursday. The 41-year-old was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening to “complete the formalities” of his move. Lampard shone in his first managerial role at Derby County last season, guiding them into the Championship playoff final.

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Cudicini, who played alongside Lampard for eight years at the Blues, believes the former midfielder has what it takes. The Derby manager is set to seal a return to Stamford The 41-year-old Derby manager is reportedly set to seal a sensational return to Stamford Bridge as manager within the next two days.

Thierry Henry

Henry made his name at Monaco after breaking into the first team in 1994, the forward going on to become a world champion and a Premier League icon with Arsenal. After a period as youth coach with the Gunners, Henry was named as Belgium boss Roberto Martinez's assistant. Permanent roles with Bordeaux and Aston Villa were mooted, but in October Henry chose Monaco. He lasted just three months, losing 11 of his 20 matches in charge across all competitions before being replaced by Leonardo Jardim, the man he had succeeded.

Juan Jose Lopez

One of the most decorated players in River Plate history, having won seven league titles and playing 466 times in an 11-year spell, Lopez was a popular appointment after making a strong impact in his second period as caretaker manager in 2010. However, he subsequently presided over a poor 2011 Clausura campaign, forcing them into a 'Promocion' play-off against second-tier Belgrano, who won 3-1 on aggregate. That brought about an historical first relegation for River, sparking riots which left many people injured.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a three-year contract after the former striker made a remarkable impact in an interim role. Solskjaer turned around a poor start to the season under Jose Mourinho and made the Red Devils top four contenders as they went undefeated in his first 11 games in charge but they ended 2018-19 in a slump, winning just two of their last 12 games in all competitions and finishing sixth in the Premier League. Should he continue in a similar vein next season, he will not last long at Old Trafford.

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