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Thursday, 31 May 2018

TRANSFER; Former Chelsea Player, Frank Lampard Appointed as Derby County New Manager

Former Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard has been appointed the new manager of Derby County on a three-year contract, his first managerial role after retiring as a player last year. 

The former England player was one of 20 applicants for the position and becomes Derby's seventh manager in the last three years.
Speaking for the first time as Derby manager, Lampard said the club would be targeting a top-six finish next season.
Lampard said, “I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity. I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the Chairman and board members,".
“We want to build on the club’s top six finish in the Championship last season, while at the same time bringing through some of the excellent youth and Academy talent we have at Pride Park.
“This is my first job as a manager, but I’ve worked closely with some of the best coaches in the game and I’m confident in my own abilities and those of the team around me, including the board. I know it won’t be easy managing a football team never is but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”
“I’m delighted to have someone of Frank’s calibre as our new manager," said Derby CEO, Mel Morris.
“I’ve always been an admirer of Frank both as a player and a person, especially in the way he conducts himself both on and off the pitch. That impression was only re-enforced when we interviewed him for this role, his passion and humility shone through in equal measure. The board were unanimous that he was the stand-out applicant with many highly desirable and unique capabilities.
“Few players have achieved what Frank has in his career to date. He’s a winner, a leader who knows what it takes to succeed and who has the character and charisma to be a fantastic manager for us.”
Lampard is  replacing Gary Rowett, who left the club at the end of last season to take over at Stoke City.


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