Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Lampard could be man to lead Chelsea in new direction

Lampard could be man to lead Chelsea in new direction

Frank Lampard's Derby County managed a Play-Off final appearance last season, eventually losing 2-1 to Aston Villa at Wembley.

However, that does not tell the full story of the former Napoli bosses tenure, with his previously heralded "Sarri-ball" style of play coming in for heavy criticism from his own clubs fans and many pundits.

After just a season in charge, a deal has been reached for Maurizio Sarri to leave the club and join Serie A champions Juventus, according to United Kingdom reports, with former playing favourite Frank Lampard lined up to be Chelsea's first English manager in 23 years.

However, with Gary Cahill having left and a transfer ban preventing Chelsea from signing another defender, the Star reckon Zouma will be staying at the Bridge.

Derby have a good relationship with Chelsea, who loaned them Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori last season, and anticipate if negotiations do take place, they will be done so in a relaxed atmosphere.


Lampard, though happy at Derby, would find it nearly impossible to turn down a move back to Chelsea. There is also a long-standing desire to bring Didier Drogba back to the club in some capacity, while former midfielder Claude Makelele, who quit as manager of Belgian side Eupen on Friday, has also been linked with a return.

"Frank knows the club and he knows the players and the players will respect him. You can see he can carry himself in a particular way in front of the media and in the football club and he can change things within a season".

Lampard would bring Chelsea academy graduate Jody Morris and former coach Chris Jones with him from Derby.

"If he feels ready I don't think it is too early".

Chelsea had resisted Juve's attempts to secure the 60-year-old for nothing and could end up raising in excess of that amount, depending on what Sarri achieves with the Serie A champions.

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