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Chelsea legend Lampard closing in on first managerial role

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has moved a step closer to becoming the latest high profile former Premier League star to take the plunge into management.

According to a report in the Mirror, it looks increasingly likely that the 39-year-old is about to follow the path of his former England team-mate and BT Sport colleague Steven Gerrard by becoming a club boss, and is among the candidates to take over at Championship side Derby County.

The Rams are on the look out for a new manager after Gary Rowett left the club earlier this week to take over at relegated Stoke City. Rowett had been widely praised for steering Derby to the Championship playoffs this season, but were knocked out to high flying Fulham in the semi-finals.

Lampard had previously been linked with taking over at managerless Ipswich Town after Mick McCarthy who quit his job before the end of the season. The Chelsea legend is thought to have had two interviews for the role at Portman Road, but then decided not to take the job.

However Lampard is not the only candidate for the role at Pride Park, with potentially 20 candidates in the running for the job, although the article claims he is in ‘pole position.’

Lampard has made no secret of his desire to move into management one day and is currently completing his coaching badges, while also gaining experience by working with the youth teams at his former club Chelsea.

Lampard will face competition for the post however, with a host of other experienced names like Jaap Stam and Tim Sherwood also in the running.


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