Lampard steps into management with Derby County

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been confirmed as Derby County’s new manager after signing a three-year contract with the Championship club.

The 39-year-old has been working towards earning his UEFA A License over the last two years and spent many a training session at Chelsea with the club’s academy players in this pursuit.

Lampard has now been given his first opportunity to manage a team and he will have former Chelsea academy coach Jody Morris as his assistant manager.

“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,” Lampard told Derby’s website.

“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.”

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