After an impressive debut season in management with Derby County, Frank Lampard is edging closer to securing his dream job, and is set to become the new manager of Premier League side Chelsea.
The former Blues midfielder took to life as a manager like a duck takes to water, guiding the Rams to the Championship play-off final last season, where they narrowly missed out on promotion to the top-flight at the expense of Aston Villa.
Nevertheless, the job Lampard has done at Pride Park is what has ultimately made him a target for Chelsea, and it now seems inevitable that the former England international will return to the club he played over 600 times for as a player.
With Derby granting Chelsea permission to speak to the 41-year-old, the search for a replacement will surely be about to get underway, and the Daily Mail claims that Garry Monk and Darren Moore are on the Rams’ shortlist to succeed Lampard.
Both managers find themselves out of work heading into the summer, after controversial exits from two different clubs in the West Midlands over the course of the season, in Birmingham City and West Brom.
Here, we take a look at their managerial statistics to see who would be the best fit at Pride Park…
Monk recently parted company with Birmingham after a pretty wild season at St. Andrew’s to say the least – Blues looked to be serious play-off contenders in late December time, but a nine-point deduction ended their hopes of any chance of promotion.
Amid tough ownership problems, he guided his side to 14 wins in 46 games last season, drawing 19 times and losing 13 times. He picked up 61 points, accruing a win rate of 30.4%.
In what was his first proper season in charge of the Baggies, Moore was sacked back in March, despite his West Brom side sitting firmly inside the play-off spots and not a million miles off the automatic promotion spots.
Under a much bigger budget, Moore also picked up 61 points, but managed 10 less games than Monk last season. The 45-year-old won 17 games in charge, drawing 10 times and losing nine games in charge, accruing a win rate of 47.2%.
Under a decent budget at Derby, you would probably back Moore to do better than Monk would, especially after Monk failed to make an impact at Middlesbrough despite spending big in the summer.
But Monk has proven that he can reunite the fans and turn a club’s fortunes around, which could be beneficial as morale is likely to be low at Pride Park, if, or perhaps when, Lampard leaves for Chelsea.