Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has said on BT Sport, with his comments being reported by the Derby Telegraph, that he is in talks with Derby County over the vacant manager’s job.
The Rams are currently without a manager after Gary Rowett decided to leave the club to become the Stoke City head coach after Derby lost in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-finals. Several men have been linked with the role with the likes of Brentford boss Dean Smith, former Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal and ex-Ipswich Town head coach Mick McCarthy all being given favourable odds by the bookies.
But the current favourite is former England international Frank Lampard. He is beloved for his brilliant play for both England and Chelsea though he hasn’t been involved in the game since retiring at New York City in 2016. However he has been clear that he was going to get coaching qualifcations so he could follow his father, Frank Lampard Sr who was a renowned associate of Harry Redknapp, into the backroom of football.
And while on punditry duty with BT Sport for the Champions League final match between Liverpool and Real Madrid, he was asked about the reports linking him to the Derby job. And Lampard confirmed that he was in talks with the Rams about the job, saying: “There’s been interest from Derby and I’ve been speaking with them.”
“I’m ambitious and I want to become a manager at some point.”
“It’s a big club, with a big tradition and a big history, which I really like.”
“We’ll carry on speaking when I go home, and we’ll see.”