Blues legend Frank Lampard is set to rejoin Chelsea in a coaching capacity, according to Talksport.
The Chelsea legend will be taking up a role at the club while he goes about completing his coaching badges and considers where he should go to next.
The midfielder won everything there is to win in club football during his time at Chelsea, and became the side’s all-time leading goalscorer in the process. Understandably, his retirement was met with outpourings of emotion from various figures at the club, who will be delighted to see him return.
He is the latest in a long list of former players who now ply their trade at Stamford Bridge, in a coaching capacity. Fellow ex-players Carlo Cudicini and Tore Andre Flo also work in a coaching capacity at Chelsea and will no doubt be delighted to be able to count a man of Lampard’s stature among their number.
Indeed, it is the presence of such figures at the club that have allowed Chelsea maintain a relationship with its pre-Roman Abramovich days, an emphasis which has been somewhat overlooked by their London rivals Arsenal. As reported in the Daily Mail, the Gunners have been bypassed by Patrick Vieira, who has repeatedly stated that he longs to one day coach Manchester City, as opposed to Arsenal.
The return of the former midfielder appears to cap what has been a remarkable season for the London club so far. Having plunged depths they thought were a distant memory for a club of their repute last season, Antonio Conte has overseen an incredible transformation at the club.
The Pensioners appear to be coasting to the Premier League title, with their 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday helping them to a nine-point lead at the league’s summit.
It’s hard to imagine the presence of Lampard behind the scenes doing anything to stop what is beginning to look like a procession.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena