Derby County have confirmed that they have granted Chelsea permission to speak to Frank Lampard about the managerial job at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard Given Permission To Speak To Chelsea
Derby County can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) 25 June 2019
Despite a successful season at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri opted for a return to Italian to replace Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus. Chelsea triumphed in the Europa League after beating Arsenal in the final; as well as returning to the Champions League by finishing third in the Premier League. As a result, it seemed strange that they allowed Sarri to depart Stamford Bridge.
Appointing Frank Lampard will be deemed a risky appointment by Chelsea. The 41-year-old has had just one season as a manager with Derby County. However, it was successful, as he managed Derby to the Championship play-off.
A statement on the Derby County website read: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted 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 at this stage.”
Sense of Inevitability
Derby have been desperate to get their manager to stay at Pride Park. According to Rich Jones of the Daily Mirror, Derby reportedly offered Lampard £10m to stay with them.
However, since the departure of Sarri from Stamford Bridge, it seemed inevitable that Lampard would stay at Pride Park. It is a dream job for the former Chelsea player.
Furthermore, Lampard will likely be given time to implement his style at Chelsea, due to his club legend status at the club.