Lampard Set for Managerial Return With Charlotte FC
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is close to making his return to football management with MLS club Charlotte FC, according to reports.
The former England midfielder has been out of work since a brief caretaker spell at Chelsea last season, but it seems he could now be set for a fresh challenge stateside.
Lampard is said to be one of the final candidates in discussions with the Charlotte FC hierarchy as they look to appoint a new head coach. An announcement on the role is expected within the next couple of weeks.
The 43-year-old enjoyed huge success as a player at Chelsea, becoming the club’s all-time top scorer with 211 goals. He also lifted the Champions League and multiple Premier League titles during his Stamford Bridge playing career.
After hanging up his boots, Lampard cut his managerial teeth at Championship side Derby County where he guided them to the playoff final in 2019. That earned him a return to Chelsea as head coach later that year.
He spent 18 months as Blues boss before being replaced by Thomas Tuchel in 2021. Brief spells at Everton and his second Chelsea stint followed, but Lampard has been out of work since last season.
Now it seems a move to the United States could be on the cards. Charlotte FC only joined MLS in 2022 but have grand ambitions and see Lampard as the big name to lead them forward.
With his experience and hunger to rebuild his reputation, the Chelsea legend may feel Charlotte provides the perfect platform for his managerial comeback.