Chelsea Legend and former midfielder, Frank Lampard has taken on a new assignment on retirement from active football. He has been appointed as manager of Derby County football club, on Thursday.
Lampard who won three premier League titles with Chelsea, signed a three year contract with the Championship side.
This is the 39 year old first step into football management since retirement in 2016 ; and the second tier English outfit had been looking for a new manager since Gary Rowett left for Stoke City.
Lampard told Derby’s official website: “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”.
“I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity.”
Lampard has made it clear that he aims to take Derby County back to the premier league; their first since 2008 where they had a dismal performance finishing rock bottom.
“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,” added Lampard.
Lampard who kicked off his playing career at West Ham,then joined Chelsea; and played there for 13 successful years becoming the club’s top goal scorer with 211 goals. He also won several trophies including three premier league titles; four FA Cups; a Champions League and Europa League trophies.
He ended his career at New York City, although he returned to England briefly on loan at Manchester City, where he scored against his former team Chelsea.