Derby grant Frank Lampard permission to speak to Chelsea

Frank Lampard set to return to Chelsea

It has been rumoured for a few weeks now that Frank Lampard would return to Chelsea, and on Tuesday afternoon the move inched a step closer.

Derby confirmed that they have allowed Frank Lampard to speak with his former club about taking over the managerial role at Stamford Bridge.

In addition, Derby have urged Chelsea to tie up negotiations as quickly as possible, to avoid any disruptions ahead of the new campaign.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County celebrates following his sides victory in the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Derby County at Old Trafford on September 25, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The full Derby County statement on Frank Lampard:

Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.

With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions.

The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so.

Via Derby County’s official website.

Eden Hazard & Maurizio Sarri

29 May 2019, Azerbaijan, Baku: Soccer: Europa League Final FC Chelsea – FC Arsenal at the Olympic Stadium. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is embraced by coach Maurizio Sarri during the substitution. Photo: Arne Dedert/dpa (Photo by Arne Dedert/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Frank Lampard set to replace Maurizio Sarri

Lampard will replace Maurizio Sarri in the Chelsea dugout at Stamford Bridge, should negotiations proceed as expected.

Sarri spent one season at Chelsea, winning the Europa League and coming third in the Premier League. The Blues also reached the Carabao Cup final, where they lost to Manchester City on penalties.

The Italian has since taken over at Juventus.

Frank Lampard has been Derby County manager for just one season. The Rams reached the Championship play-offs and beat Leeds United in the semi-finals, but were defeated by Aston Villa in the Wembley play-off final.

Lampard will face a fair few challenges at Chelsea, should he take the job. Not least a two-window transfer ban and the recent departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

Frank Lampard’s most recent Instagram post


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Disappointed that we didn’t get the win but so proud of this club. 🐑🐑

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