Chelsea close to appointing Lampard’s replacement

Chelsea is closing in on the appointment of former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s next permanent manager that will take over from caretaker coach Frank Lampard after more positive talks with the Argentine.

According to The Guardian, there is now ‘growing confidence’ that talks with Pochettino will end in a successful conclusion.

Discussions have been positive between Pochettino and Chelsea owners and confirmation of his appointment could come soon.

Chelsea recently sacked Graham Potter at the start of this month and put Lampard to temporarily take charge of the first team until the end of the season.

Former Bayern Munich coach, Julian Nagelsmann initially emerged as the frontrunner for the job while former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique was also a serious contender at one point too.

However, Nagelsmann is believed to have gone cold on a move to the west London club while doubts emerge over Enrique, leaving Pochettino as the standout candidate.

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