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09th Apr 2023

James Corden played a role in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea return

Callum Boyle

Lampard has returned to Chelsea in a caretaker role until the end of the season

TV personality James Corden helped play a role in Todd Boehly’s decision to appoint Frank Lampard as caretaker manager.

Lampard was brought in to replace Graham Potter until the end of the season after Boehly decided to sack the former Brighton boss last weekend.

The decision was made to allow Chelsea more time to find a long-term replacement, with the likes of Julien Nagelmsann, Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique among those under consideration.

Chelsea’s decision to bring Lampard back to the club – after he was initially sacked by the Blues two years ago – raised eyebrows however it has now emerged that Corden was one of the reasons behind Boehly’s thought process.

Corden and Boehly have both become friends in recent times and The Sun claim that he told Chelsea’s co-owner that Lampard would be a good fit for the club.

Despite the return of the club legend, Chelsea were unable to rediscover their winning touch as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers, courtesy of a Matheus Nunes wonder strike to leave them 11th in the table.

After the game, the former Everton boss didn’t hold back in a scathing assessment of his side’s performance.

He said: “In terms of the performance, in the first-half I thought we were slightly off the pace. You could feel Wolves were aggressive, fighting for their Premier League status. I felt they had a little bit more aggression in their game.

“That’s something I said to the players at half-time. I think we corrected that slightly in the early parts of the second-half, but at that point, you’re 1-0 down.

“It’s not where the club wants to be but it’s the reality and we have to work through it. You have to get to a point where you can move forward. We need to lift it more than we did today.”

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