Chelsea’s Under-18s coach Jody Morris is expected to join Frank Lampard at Derby County, according to the Derby Telegraph.

Lampard is the red-hot favourite for the vacant Derby County job and is in advanced talks with them. The Rams are hoping that he will replace Gary Rowett, who left them to join Stoke City.

If Lampard does join Derby then his former Chelsea teammate Jody Morris is likely to join his backroom staff. The 39-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Chelsea alongside Lampard and went onto play over 100 games for the top flight side.

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After retiring from playing in 2013, Morris returned to Chelsea as a coach for their Under-23s side. He then was appointed the Under-18s assistant manager before being the permanent role in 2016. His side won the FA Youth Cup last season.

Morris played for Chelsea, Leeds United, Rotherham United, Millwall, St Johnstone and Bristol City as a player. He also represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-20 level.

It will be interesting to see how Derby County get on in the Championship next season with Frank Lampard at the helm and Jody Morris amongst his backroom staff. It is expected to be a summer of transition at Pride Park and it is a possibility that the Rams could opt to take players on loan from Chelsea as the Premier League side do like to loan youngsters out.

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