Frank Lampard is not the only Chelsea legend returning to the club this pre-season, with Didier Drogba and Claude Makelele the latest confirmed appointments in the enormous reshuffle at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was appointed as the new Blues boss on Thursday after previous manager Maurizio Sarri left to join Juventus earlier this summer.
Not only has there been a change in management but a massive alteration of the backroom staff as well, with Lampard bringing a host of former Blues back with him to west London.
Jody Morris and Chris Jones were expected to accompany Lampard from Derby, while Petr Cech had already been confirmed as technical and performance adviser, but now Drogba and Makelele are back on board as well.
‘Didier, Petr and Makelele,’ explained Lampard at a press conference. ‘What I want to do is bring in people not just because they played for the club but because they feel the club and want to be here with incredible work ethic.
‘Jody Morris is coming with me as assistant head coach. We have a close relationship. He has a great link with the academy, who were successful. We have a huge loyalty. Chris Jones as well, he will be with me as a coach.
We know each other very well.’ Drogba, who scored 164 goals in 381 Chelsea appearances, is expected to join Lampard’s coaching staff while Makelele, who played 217 times for the Blues, is reportedly going to oversee the club’s loan players.
There have also been some moves for staff already at the club, all of whom have a long relationship with the Blues. ‘Joe Edwards will move upwards from the U23s and he is fantastic on the training ground,’ continued Lampard.
‘Eddie Newton will be working with us as well. ‘It’s a very Chelsea orientated team, we’re not to be an old boys’ club. I might have one year, but we have many years between us. We have a desire to be successful with this club.’