English Championship club Derby County have announced that they have officially permitted Chelsea to speak to the Rams manager Frank Lampard in connection to the London club’s hunt for Maurizio Sarri’s replacement.
Chelsea legend,, Lampard, seems to be inching closer to landing the top job at his former club with his current employers backing him to grab an opportunity at a higher level.
Lampard, 41, served Chelsea as a resourceful player in his 13 years at the Stamford Bridge during which they won eleven major titles. He scored a club record 211 goals for Chelsea in all competitions.
Now he is being seriously courted for possible return, this time as the manager, and replaced for Sarri who has returned to Italian Series A, taking charge of Juventus.
Lampard cut his managerial teeth at Derby who signed a three-year contract with him in May 2018.
He led the Rams to reach the Championship play-off final, but lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.
“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,” Derby County’s statement reads.
“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 until it is appropriate to do so.”