Derby are calling on Chelsea to make a decision on Frank Lampard’s future. The Chelsea legend has been hotly linked with his former team to replace Maurizio Sarri. The Italian tactician left Stamford Bridge for Serie A side, Juventus.
Lampard is said to be abroad with his family for a vacation. But the Rams management are asking the Blues to make a decision on Lampard as he is due to make a return next week for Derby’s pre-season training shortly. Derby County said that they will not hinder any moves made by Lampard by Chelsea provided they can meet the £4 million compensation package.
However, it is believed that Lampard will indeed replace Sarri as head coach of Chelsea this week. He will be back in Stamford Bridge together with assistant manager Jody Morris.
Reportedly, the former Chelsea midfielder will be named as Sarri’s replacement within the next 48 hours. His stellar performance at Derby County as manager was enough to convince Chelsea’s top brass that he is fit for the vacant job. He led the Rams to a play-off final in his lone season as Derby’s boss. The Rams eventually lost to Aston Villa.
His experience in developing youngsters – particularly Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori – will be vital for Chelsea, considering that a transfer ban against the club has been slapped on recently. Both Mount and Tomori are Chelsea loanees. And with the ban, Chelsea will have to rely on their loanees and academy to fill the void left by leaving players.
His assistant, Morris, is well equipped to handle the job as well. He was Chelsea’s Under 18 assistant manager and Manager from 2014 to 2018.
Lampard scored 211 goals in 648 matches for Chelsea. He was one of the Blues best players of all time. During his time, he led the team to 11 major trophies, which includes three Premier Leagues Titles and Champions League.