Frank Lampard has been given permission to speak to Chelsea about becoming their next manager it has been confirmed.
The former Chelsea midfielder has long been the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, and today, Championship outfit Derby County have confirmed that he has been given permission to discuss a return to his old club.
“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,” a 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.”
Lampard has only been in management for one year, steering the Rams to the Championship playoff final last season, although they fell at the final hurdle with a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.
With Maurizio Sarri having taken up post as manager of Juventus, replacing the outgoing Max Allegri, Chelsea have agreed to pay the £4 million release clause in Lampard’s contract, with Sky Sports saying the 41-year-old should be confirmed as the Blues next manager ‘before the end of this week’.
During his playing days, Lampard scored a club record 211 goals in his 13 year career with Chelsea.
Heres a reminder of why it could be a brilliant appointment…
A plug for Frank Lampard to be the next #Chelsea boss and why they may defy all logic and win silverware next season even with a transfer ban. ?
— Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) June 7, 2019