Chelsea legend Frank Lampard lands 1st coaching job in England
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been appointed as the new head coach of Derby County football club.
The former England captain signed a three-year deal with the Championship side in his first job as a manager.
His appointment sees him take over from Gary Rowett at the Pride Park Stadium after being signed by the recently relegated Premier League side Stoke City.
In his reaction, Lampard agrees that the job will be tasking but insisted that he looks forward to handling his first professional clubside.
He said: “I know it won’t be easy – managing a football team never is – but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he said.
“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.
“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.”
The club’s executive chairman Mel Morris also added that: “I’ve always been an admirer of Frank both as a player and a person, especially in the way he conducts himself both on and off the pitch.
“That impression was only re-enforced when we interviewed him for this role, his passion and humility shone through in equal measure.
“The board were unanimous that he was the stand-out applicant with many highly desirable and unique capabilities.
“Few players have achieved what Frank has in his career to date. He’s a winner, a leader who knows what it takes to succeed and who has the character and charisma to be a fantastic manager for us.”