Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard has signed a three-year contract to become Derby County’s new manager.
The former midfielder, who won three Premier League titles, four FA cups, two League cups, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, during his 13 years at Chelsea, will take charge of The Rams with immediate effect.
Announcing the appointment, Derby County Executive Chairman, Mel Morris, CBE, said: “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.”
Frank Lampard said: “I’m excited to be making my first move into management with a club with such huge tradition and history.”
“I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the Chairman Mel Morris CBE and the board. 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 been working towards this for a long time. 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.
“I know it won’t be easy – managing a football team never is – but I’m here to work hard. I’m really looking forward to getting started and to the challenge ahead.”
In a career spanning over 20 years taking in West Ham United, Chelsea, Manchester City and New York City, Lampard emerged as one of the greatest and most successful players of his generation. A three-time Chelsea player of the year, he’s also the club’s top goal scorer, with 211 in all competitions.
Internationally he represented England at three World Cup finals and Euro 2004, where he was named in the team of the tournament after scoring three goals in four games.