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Lampard confirmed as Derby manager

Derby County have announced the appointment of Frank Lampard as their new manager.

The Rams were left manager-less after Gary Rowett left the club to join Stoke City, who parted company with Paul Lambert at the end of the season following their relegation to the Championship.

They have announced that Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is the man to replace Rowett, and he joins former England teammate Steven Gerrard by taking his first steps in football management. Gerrard was recently appointed as Rangers manager for the upcoming season.

Speaking about his appointment, Lampard said that the chance to take over at Pride Park was a ‘huge opportunity’:

“I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity,” said Lampard.

“I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the chairman and board members.

“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.”

He had previously been linked with taking over at Ipswich Town, but despite having two interviews at Portman Road, the Tractor Boys decided to appoint Shrewsbury Town’s Paul Hirst.

Lampard has signed a three-year deal at the club.

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