Chelsea’s American owner Todd Boehly ‘asked for JAMES CORDEN’S opinion’ before appointing Frank Lampard as interim manager until the end of the season
- Todd Boehly and James Corden are friends during the TV star’s time in America
- Corden reportedly suggested Lampard when Chelsea sought a temporary boss
- Lampard suffered a 1-0 defeat to Wolves on his return to the Chelsea dugout
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s reportedly turned to his friend and TV presenter James Corden for advice, before taking the decision to appoint Frank Lampard as interim manager until the end of the season.
Lampard’s sensational return to the Stamford Bridge dugout was confirmed on Thursday, having previously been sacked by the club back in 2021.
The 44-year-old took temporary charge following the decision to sack Graham Potter last Sunday.
According to the Sun, Boehly had asked for Corden’s opinion as he searched for a caretaker manager to take charge, with the Blues continuing their search for a permanent boss.
The TV star reportedly suggested Lampard, with the pair having become friends from the Sky show A League of Their Own.
Frank Lampard was named Chelsea interim manager until the end of the season on Thursday
James Corden was reportedly consulted by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly over the appointment
Boehly and Corden have struck up a friendship during the TV star’s time in the United States
Corden had previously hosted the show, with Lampard’s cousin Jamie Redknapp serving as one of the team captains.
Boehly and Corden have struck up a friendship during the latter’s time in the United States, where he has hosted the Late Late Show since 2015.
The pair had been spotted having lunch in Mayfair last year alongside Clearlake Capital co-founder Behdad Eghbali.
Corden, who co-created the sitcom Gavin and Stacey, is a known supporter of West Ham.
Chelsea suffered defeat in their first match in Lampard’s first match since returning to the club.
Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Wolves in Lampard’s first match of his second spell in charge
The Blues were beaten 1-0 by Wolves on Saturday, with Matheus Nunes scoring the only goal of the match.
Chelsea have won just one of their last five Premier League matches and remain 11th in the table, despite spending over £600m this season to improve the squad.
Lampard claimed Chelsea needed to become more aggressive if they are to turn around their form.
Chelsea still have the opportunity to earn silverware this season through the Champions League, with Lampard’s side set to face Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter final on Wednesday.