Sky Sports understands that Frank Lampard is ‘close’ to signing a deal that will see him enter management for the first time with Derby County. The Sky Bet Championship club have been on the lookout for Gary Rowett’s replacement, after he took the job at relegated Stoke City.

Lampard himself recently revealed on live television that he was indeed in discussions with the Rams. He was pictured yesterday watching the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final between Coventry City and Exeter City, potentially scouting players ahead of next season. The former Chelsea great almost inevitably looks like entering Pride Park as their next boss.

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Sky Sports however states that nothing is expected to be officially confirmed by the football club over the next 24 hours. However, there is no believed to be any stumbling block in the deal going ahead, with both concerned parties keen on committing.

There has been plenty of discussion regarding who will form part of Lampard’s coaching staff with the Rams. It looks likely that Jody Morris will indeed by Lampard’s right hand man with the Rams. He is currently in charge of the Under-18 side at Stamford Bridge, guiding them to the FA Youth Cup in back-to-back seasons. The pair grew close during Lampard’s lengthy association as a Blues player.

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Speaking after Wales’ 0-0 draw in Mexico in the early hours of this morning, Derby midfielder Joe Ledley backed the prospect of Lampard managing the club,

“I’d love to work with Frank. People are going to be linked with the job because Derby is a top club with good expectations.”

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