Frank Lampard ready to poach key member of Thomas Tuchel’s backroom Chelsea team

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Thomas Tuchel could be about to lose a key member of his backroom team (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard could be about to land a blow to Chelsea’s hopes this season by poaching a key member of Thomas Tuchel’s backroom team.

The 43-year-old is set to return to the Premier League after he was offered the Everton manager’s job on Friday, having impressed during a second interview earlier this week.

Lampard has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea just over 12 months ago but has been desperate to land a top flight job having been in the running to take over at Crystal Palace, Norwich and Newcastle.

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Frank Lampard is expected to take charge of Everton for the first time against Brentford next week (Picture: Getty)

According to The Athletic, Lampard wants to bring Anthony Barry with him to Goodison Park, although Tuchel is prepared to fight and attempt to keep the highly-rated coach at Chelsea.

Lampard could also target Gareth Southgate’s No.2, Steve Holland, but there are currently no plans to reunite with Jody Morris, who Lampard worked with at both Derby County and Chelsea.

The Toffees began the process of looking for Rafa Benitez’s successor a fortnight ago and have lurched from one candidate to another, before finally settling on the Chelsea legend.

Frank Lampard wants to bring Anthony Barry with him to Everton

Frank Lampard wants to bring Anthony Barry with him to Everton (Picture: Getty)

On Wednesday it appeared that former Porto and Fenerbahce boss, Vitor Pereira, was the frontrunner, but his impending appointment was met with a furious backlash by an already disgruntled fanbase who had been less than enamoured with the decision to appoint Benitez in the summer.

Roberto Martinez, who spent three years at Goodison Park earlier in his managerial career, represented Everton’s first choice but they were unable to strike a deal with Belgium Football Association.

Caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson was also considered for a permanent role while Everton approached Rooney’s agent with a view to inviting him for an interview, but the former Manchester United captain is intent on guiding Derby County to Championship safety.

‘Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the job,’ Rooney said earlier on Friday.

‘But I turned it down. I believe I will be a Premier League manager and I am ready for that 100 per cent. But I have a job at Derby, which is important to me.’


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