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Chelsea’s owners have been asked by Frank Lampard to exercise “patience” with Enzo Maresca and give him time to build upon the “positive” foundation that former manager Mauricio Pochettino set. Maresca, the Championship-winning manager of Leicester City, was brought in by Chelsea on a five-year contract following Pochettino’s unexpected departure from Stamford Bridge at the end of the previous campaign.

For the majority of the 2023–24 season, the Blues were around the middle of the league, but they won their final five games to secure a sixth-place finish in the Premier League and a trip to Europe. After two seasons outside of the top four, Chelsea’s owners will now be hoping that Maresca, their sixth manager in five years, will guide the team to significant championships.

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Asked about Maresca’s appointment and the state of play at his former club Chelsea, Lampard told talkSPORT: ‘It was good to see a positive end to the season. ‘I was there at the back-end of the previous season and I knew it was going to be a tough build and a tough ask because of where the club was at and the distance now to the top clubs.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been linked with a return to management in the Championship, ahead of a return to Stamford Bridge this weekend. The former midfielder has been out of work since leaving his role as caretaker manager of the Blues last summer. As well as managing Chelsea, has also had stints in charge of Derby County and Everton.

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