Championship club Derby County have confirmed the appointment of Frank Lampard, as the Chelsea legend takes his first managerial role.
It was announced that Lampard had signed a three-year contract with the club, after several days of speculation about his appointment to replace Gary Rowett.
Lampard told the club’s official website:
” 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.”
Derby County’s executive chairman, CBE, Mel Morris, said of the appointment: “I’m delighted to have someone of Frank’s calibre as our new manager.
” 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.”
The former Chelsea and England star has been working on completing his coaching qualifications at his old club, and told the press earlier this year: “I’m doing my coaching badges at the moment. I’ve spent a lot of time at Chelsea this year, gaining hours of experience.”
He added: “You do want to give back, show you can help try to develop players, and help them tactically.”
Lampard will be the club’s sixth manager in just over two years.