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Frank Lampard Named New Derby County Manager

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been named as Derby County’s new manager. Lampard, 39, who won three Premier League titles and one Champions League in his time at Chelsea, has agreed to a three-year deal with the Rams. The former midfielder has been a regular pundit on BT Sport since hanging up the boots in February 2017 and is set for his first managerial role in first-team football. Chelsea youth coach Jody Morris is set to join Derby’s coaching staff and is expected be appointed as Lampard’s assistant. Lampard’s arrival follows the departure of Gary Rowett, with the latter stepping down from his position at Pride Park to take over the reins at Stoke City ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity,’ Lampard said at his unveiling on Thursday morning. ‘I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the Chairman and board members. Frank Lampard has replaced Gary Rowett at Pride Park (Derby County FC) ‘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.’

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