- Derby Owner speaks about Lampard’s link as Chelsea manager.
- Maurizio Sarri time as Chelsea’s boss is over.
Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri will vacate his role at Stamford Bridge, the news was confirmed on Sunday afternoon.
The 60-year-old spent one season with Chelsea, Following Antonio Conte’s departure, Sarri became the second Italian to leave the bridge in the last 3 years. Sarri guided the Blues to a Europa League cup triumph, a third-place Premier League finish, and runners-up in the EFL Cup.
Reports suggest Chelsea’s legend Frank Lampard will be Sarri’s successor at the Bridge. However, Mel Morris, Derby owner insists there is “no change” in Lampard’s position at Pride Park.
“We have made it very clear to everyone – but most importantly to Frank himself – that we want to retain him at the club for the long term,” Morris said in a statement on Monday.
“If Chelsea wants to hire Frank, then it is in their gift to make an offer in pursuit of that. In the meantime, we will continue to put our best foot forward to continue with our plans for the coming season.
“We will work closely with Frank in that regard so that he knows how much he is wanted by everyone associated with the club.”
The ex-player managed three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one Champions League, and one Europa League during his illustrious career with the Blues.
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The 40-year-old made 640 appearances and contributed 211 goals as a midfielder also earned a place in the club’s hall of fame.
A number of ex-Blues have sited Lampard’s as the best replacement for the Blues, should sari leave, amongst those speaking on Lampard thriving as Chelsea’s head coach include former managers Ruud Gullit Roberto Di-Matteo.