A flurry of bets have backed the Blues icon into favourite.
In what would be the biggest managerial story of the summer, Frank Lampard has come in to 5/6 to become the next Chelsea manager and leave his position at Derby County.
Rumours have persisted in the last few months of Lampard returning to the club where he made 648 appearances, and the Blues’ all-time record goalscorer is now the clear favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri in the Stamford Bridge hotseat.
Lampard is currently preparing for Derby’s Championship play-off final against Aston Villa, with the Rams 13/10 to reach the top flight for the first time in 12 years. Should reports be accurate, it could be that the 40-year-old will be managing in the Premier League regardless of the result.
79% of bets in the last 48 hours have gone on Lampard to make the move, a clear indication of his dominance in the market. If Chelsea do look elsewhere, then the likes of Diego Simeone (5/1), Nuno (8/1) and Massimiliano Allegri (7/1) are all in the frame.
As for Sarri, Juventus could well be his next port of call, with the Italian just 5/2 to fill the vacant hotseat of the Serie A champions.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “Frank Lampard’s possible return to Stamford Bridge has certainly caught the imagination; the next Chelsea manager page was the second most popular page on Oddschecker when the story broke this morning.
“It’s not ideal preparation for Derby though, who will want Lampard focused on the job in hand ahead of the crucial play-off final next Monday.”