Chelsea confirm Everton fixture change as supporters miss out on Frank Lampard opportunity


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Chelsea have confirmed the kick-off time for their Premier League clash against Everton at Stamford Bridge has been pushed back after the game was selected for live coverage in the UK.

The game – which will be played on Saturday, March 18 – was originally set to begin at 3pm. However, after the fixture was selected for broadcast by Sky Sports, Chelsea have announced it will now kick off at 5.30pm.

Many Chelsea supporters had earmarked the fixture as an opportunity to welcome club legend Frank Lampard back to Stamford Bridge. However, the 44-year-old was sacked as Everton head coach earlier this week following a disappointing run of results.

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“Everton Football Club can confirm Frank Lampard has left his post as senior men’s first-team manager,” a statement released on Monday read. “Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole and Chris Jones have also left the club. Alan Kelly will remain as goalkeeping coach.

“Everyone at Everton would like to thank Frank and his coaching staff for their service during what has been a challenging 12 months. Frank and his team’s commitment and dedication have been exemplary throughout their time at the Club, but recent results and the current league position meant this difficult decision had to be taken.

“We wish Frank and all his backroom team well for their future in the game. The Club has started the process to secure a new manager and will provide updates on the appointment in due course. Paul Tait and Leighton Baines will take training until a new manager is appointed.”


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