CHELSEA are in talks to appoint club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager.
Sky Sports News are reporting that Derby have finally granted the Europa League champions permission to speak to their former player, 41, over taking over at Stamford Bridge.
Since Maurizio Sarri left the Blues to join Juventus earlier this month, Lampard has been constantly linked with a move back to his old home.
And it looks like the gossip is set to become reality, as Derby have released an official statement saying:
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.
Despite only experiencing one full season in management, the former England midfielder enjoyed an impressive campaign with Derby County, leading the club to the Championship play-off final, before losing 2-1 to Aston Villa.
Despite failing to take his side up to the Premier League, the Chelsea legend helped to springboard the careers of young players at the Rams, including Blues loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
Mount especially impressed, scoring 11 goals and making 6 assists from midfield.
Part of Roman Abramovich’s decision to to appoint his former employee may come from observing Lampard’s willingness and ability to develop youth during his time at Derby.
The Russian multi-billionaire has ruthlessly loaned out young players in the past without looking back.
Josh McEachran, Gael Kakuta and Bertrand Traore are a few names that come to mind.
But the key change this summer is the transfer ban that will be stopping the 2012 Champions League winners from making any signings for the next two transfer windows.
Surely then, youth will have to be given a chance next season.
Due to Lampard’s ability to bring the most out of young talent last season, he will surely give players like Reece James, Mason Mount, Kurt Zouma and Trevoh Chalobah a chance in the first-team.
However, as voiced by Dennis Wise last week, Lampard doesn’t have experience managing in England’s top division, and has only been in the profession for one year.
Chelsea’s all-time top scorer is surely set to experience some challenging times at his former club, but he has to be given the chance.
He loves the club, and will have the backing from the fans through the tough times – a luxury former coach Sarri certainly did not have, as his own supporters chanted “F*** Sarri ball” during a loss against rivals Man Utd back in February.
While Lampard hasn’t been appointed yet, Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett has said, ‘Certainly before the end of this week, Lampard is expected to be in post as the new Chelsea manager.’