Frank Lampard has agreed to become the new Derby County manager on a three-year deal. Replacing Gary Rowett, who left to join Stoke nine days ago, will see Lampard take his first step into management.
The 106-cap England international walked away from offers tabled by Oxford and Ipswich to wait for the right opportunity, but considers the prospects at Derby too good to turn down.
After Penned three year contract, Lampard told official club website: ‘I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity. I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the Chairman and board members.
‘We want to build on the club’s top six finish in the Championship last season, while at the same time bringing through some of the excellent youth and Academy talent we have at Pride Park.
‘This is my first job as a manager, but I’ve worked closely with some of the best coaches in the game and I’m confident in my own abilities and those of the team around me, including the board. I know it won’t be easy – managing a football team never is – but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.’
The midfield legend, who won three Premier League titles, four FA cups, two League cups and the UEFA Champions League during his 13 years at Chelsea, will take charge of The Rams with immediate effect.
Announcing the appointment, Derby County Executive Chairman Mel Morris, CBE, said: “I’m delighted to have someone of Frank’s calibre as our new manager”.
As revealed by Sportsmail on Wednesday, the 39-year-old will be assisted at Pride Park by Chelsea Under 18s coach Jody Morris.
Lampard will be tasked with keeping the Championship side in the hunt for promotion, while shaping a veteran squad on a budget.