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Bookies expect Lampard-Chelsea reunion as Sarri officially moves on

Leigh Copson 16 Jun 2019
Frank Lampard (credit:Cal Sport Media/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Frank Lampard is now just 1/9 to become the next permanent manager of Chelsea after the club confirmed that Maurizio Sarri has left the club to take charge at Juventus.


Sarri was able to lead the Blues to Europa League glory and a League Cup semi-final appearance last season, but he was never able to win over the club’s no supporters and for the final few months of the campaign there were constant reports that he would be on his way this summer.

That has proved to be the case, with Chelsea confirming on Sunday that they had granted the 60-year-old’s wish to leave the club and return to his native Italy where he will succeed Massimiliano Allegri as Juventus club.

“In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant,” director Marina Granovskaia told the club’s official website.

“He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.

“Maurizio leaves Chelsea with thanks from us all for the work he and his assistants did during the season he spent as our head coach, and for winning the Europa League, guiding us to another cup final and a third-place finish in the Premier League.

“We would also like to congratulate him on securing the role as big as any in Serie A and to wish him the best of luck for the future.”

All eyes will now be on who replaces Sarri at Stamford Bridge and the club’s two-window transfer ban, which they are appealing, may have played a big role in why an established big-name boss is leading the race to take charge.

Instead it is club legend Frank Lampard, who has just completed his first full season as a manager with Derby County. ‘Lamps’ was unable to lead the Rams into the Premier League, losing to Aston Villa in the play-off final, but he has earned plenty of plaudits and has repeatedly been linked with a return to his old club in recent months.

That reunion is almost inevitable in the minds of the bookmakers, with Paddy Power now just 1/9 that Lampard is officially made the next permanent manager of Chelsea.

Should they fail in an attempt to lure the former midfielder away from Derby, it is 9/1 that they bring back current Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez for a second stint in charge, which would be highly unpopular with the fans, while it is 14/1 that ex-Juventus Allegri trades places with Sarri by taking on the Chelsea job.


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