Chelsea FC and England legend Frank Lampard has been affirmed as Derby County new boss as the club declared on Thursday morning, securing a three-year deal with The Rams.
It denotes the first managerial career for the former Blue’s captain, who hangs his boot two years back, and sees him follow in the strides of Steven Gerrard, who as of late took up the managerial role at Rangers in Scotland.
As a player, Lampard piled on more than 100 international caps for England and won every trophy in the club level, including the Champions League in 2012 and three Premier League titles.
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Derby County Executive Chairman, CBE, Mel Morris, said:
“I’m delighted to have someone of Frank’s caliber as our new manager.
“I’ve always been an admirer of Frank both as a player and a person, especially in the way he conducts himself both on and off the pitch. That impression was only re-enforced when we interviewed him for this role, his passion and humility shone through in equal measure. The board was unanimous that he was the stand-out applicant with many highly desirable and unique capabilities.
“Few players have achieved what Frank has in his career to date. 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.”
The 39-years old was one of 20 candidates for the Rams job and becomes Derby’s seventh managers in a little more than three years.
The Chelsea and England midfielder said he spent “Considerable Time” discussing the managerial role.
“I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity. I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the Chairman and board members,” Lampard said himself.
“We want to build on the club’s top six finish in the Championship last season, while at the same time bringing through some of the excellent youth and Academy talent we have at Pride Park.
“This is my first job as a manager, but I’ve worked closely with some of the best coaches in the game and I’m confident in my own abilities and those of the team around me, including the board. I know it won’t be easy – managing a football team never is – but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”
The Rams finished sixth in the second tier last season but lost in the play-off semi-finals to Fulham and have been without a manager since Rowett’s departure on 22 May. Lampard, Gary Rowett after he exited to join newly relegated Championship side, Stoke City.
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