Frank Lampard is now in pole position to be appointed as Derby County’s new manager.
According to the Mirror’s live transfer blog (25/05, 21:05), the ex-Chelsea and England midfielder looks set to be appointed at the Pride Park Stadium, with Lampard edging out Mick McCarthy, who was also in the frame.
Lampard has been doing his coaching badges, but has moved into punditry following his retirement from playing back in early 2017.
The 39-year-old is now looking set for his first job in management with Derby, who are currently sourcing Gary Rowett’s replacement at Pride Park.
Rowett turned his back on the Rams earlier in the week, opting to move to the bet365 Stadium and link up with Stoke City, who are preparing for life back in the Championship, following their relegation from the top-flight.
Derby’s 2017/18 campaign ended in disappointment, after Rowett guided the Rams to sixth in the Championship table.
Fulham beat the Rams in the play-off semi-finals, with a 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage ending their promotion hopes.
Should Derby take Lampard as their manager, it will certainly be a risk, given his lack of experience.
However, over recent years, Derby have tried every other way to break back into the Premier League, without much success.
Lampard won every club honour as a player and has a wealth of experience in the modern game. He is a winner and since his switch to punditry, he has shown an excellent knowledge of the game.
The 39-year-old could turn into a shrewd appointment.
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