Derby County Appoint Chelsea Legend, Lampard, as New Manager

Derby County have secured the services of former Chelsea and England midfielder, Frank Lampard as their new manager, on a three-year deal.

Lampard replaces Gary Rowett who joined newly-relegated side, Stoke City and faces the task of helping the club finish in a better position than the sixth recorded last season.

The team also lost to Fulham in the Championship playoff semifinal.

“I have had a great year in the media. It’s been great because I have had one foot in and one foot out and I needed that after playing.

“But the pull of management has always been great for me and it was only a matter of time with the right opportunity. This feels right and the rest is up to me.

“I don’t have a management CV and don’t proclaim to. I have worked very hard on my coaching over the past 18 months.”

Following his appointment on Thursday, Lampard becomes the fourth youngest manager in the top two divisions of the English football pyramid, after Garry Monk (Birmingham City), Lee Johnson (Bristol City), and Alex Neil (Preston North End).

39-year-old Frank Lampard scored 29 goals in 106 appearances for the England national team having also made 649 appearances for Chelsea and holds the club’s record for most goals scored.

Lampard won 11 major trophies while at the West London club. They include three English Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two English League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.

“Few players have achieved what Frank has in his career to date,” said Derby chairman Mel Morris.

“He’s a winner, a leader who knows what it takes to succeed and who has the character and charisma to be a fantastic manager for us.

“When I spoke to Mel I was so impressed with how much he cares about this place,” said Lampard.

“He has not put me under huge pressure.

“As a management staff and as players we need to work as hard as we can to give those fans a reason to come here every week in this great stadium and enjoy watching us.

“There are expectations and I understand that. I played under expectations as a player.

“I know what’s required and the vision of the club and I will try my best to bring it to the table.”

Jordy Morris (also 39 years old) is expected to be named Lampard’s assistant with the young man enjoying good success as head coach of the Chelsea U18s over the past couple years.

Before then, he also served as an assistant to Joe Edwards for the U18s for two years and an assistant to Dermot Drummy for the U21s in 2013-14.

 
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