Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

'I am immensely proud' - Frank Lampard confirmed as new Chelsea manager

'I am immensely proud' - Frank Lampard confirmed as new Chelsea manager

Derby County Football Club can confirm that Frank Lampard has parted company with the club and has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Chelsea Football Club.

Frank Lampard, a Stamford Bridge legend, has joined the Blues on a three-year deal after one season with Derby County, which marked his first step into management after a glorious career as a player. "However, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead".

'Can you work hard, can you compete, can you get in the team?'

Chelsea are set to offer the 18-year old a new five-year contract as they want him to stay and develop under their new manager with Lampard primed to take charge.

But now, with Lampard - famed for blooding youth players - taking over, Hudson-Odoi is thought to be happy to take on a leading role at the Blues.

He won a Champions League and a Europa League at the club, while also helping them to win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.

Lampard's cousin, Jamie Redknapp, another former England midfielder, said patience would be the key factor. The environment changes every time you go from one club to another.

"I think he would have more options on the ball in front of him, he will have Kante alongside him doing all the dirty work and all the running and all the intercepting of the ball and things like that". I want to dangle the carrot. I think that is something that should drive us all on. "You have to be realistic". He can show, right here at Chelsea, the team he came through the Academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player because I truly believe that.

Lampard has a long-standing relationship with Abramovich dating back to his illustrious 13-year stint as a Chelsea player, but said the conversations that ultimately sealed his return to Stamford Bridge were held with Granovskaia, who oversees the day-to-day running of the club on the billionaire's behalf.

"Lamps" will have no such problem.

Suggesting it would be an incredible opportunity for Shay Given to work with the Premier League giants, "circumstances" beyond Given's control appear to have rendered that chance unlikely for the time being.

Chelsea have a transfer ban that will prevent them from signing further players this summer - although they did manage to squeeze a permanent deal for Mateo Kovacic over the line, while Christian Pulisic agreed a deal in January.

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