Derby to appoint Cocu / Chelsea to announce Lampard by Thursday – Sky

Derby eyeing new boss

We look to have taken another key step forward in Chelsea securing Frank Lampard’s arrival from Derby County.

According to Sky Sports News, the Rams are set to appoint Phillip Cocu as their new boss.

Cocu has previously managed both PSV and Fenerbahce, but would be in charge of the Turkish outfit for just 15 games.

Sky claim that Cocu’s agent is currently in the UK, and that he has agreed a deal with Derby’s owner, Mel Morris.

The same report states that Cocu will be announced as Derby boss by Thursday.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County celebrates victory following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Lampard to Chelsea

That report also coincides with another from Sky Sports concerning Frank Lampard.

This past season was Lampard’s first as a manager and he did a pretty solid job.

The former England international would guide Derby County to a Championship playoff final berth.

However, they would lose out to now Premier League side, Aston Villa.

While Chelsea may have been hoping to give Lampard a few more years of experience before bringing him back to Stamford Bridge, recent events have somewhat forced their hand.

After Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea after just one season for Juventus, they needed to find a new boss.

But, given the fact that Chelsea are currently in the midst of a two-window transfer ban, finding a top manager willing to sign for a club that can’t bring in players would no doubt have proven rather difficult.

However, they do look to have finally sorted their managerial position, with Sky also claiming that Lampard will be announced as Chelsea boss by Thursday.

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