Derby County manager Frank Lampard will undergo discussions with his former club Chelsea over taking the Stamford Bridge hotseat, according to the club’s official website.
The speculation has been ramping up since Maurizio Sarri left the Blues and Lampard failed to get the Rams back into the Premier League – and now the switch is edging closer.
A club statement from Derby said: “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.
“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.”
And as the club’s official Twitter account put the news out there, plenty of Derby fans were gutted about the announcement.
Some of them just want the saga done so their own club can get on with their pre-season preparation and transfer plans, while a few thanked Lampard for his efforts.
Ultimately, while nothing has been confirmed yet, it looks as if the lure of a Chelsea return will be too much for the former England international to ignore.
— Derby County Podcast (@dcfcpodcast) June 25, 2019
— Matt (@MDrabble) June 25, 2019
This is disappointing, but good luck to him and @morriskid if they go, it’s been fantastic.
— John Sz (Texas Ram) (@Turnstile49) June 25, 2019
— Sproso (@sprosaaaman) June 25, 2019
Disappointed but not surprised. The whole situation has been dragged out and has been a farce for Derby and Derby fans
— Craig (@SantanCraig) June 25, 2019
Don’t even care anymore
— Chris Lawn (@cLawn92) June 25, 2019
In all honesty I’m not that bothered about him possibly going I’m more annoyed that it has supposedly taken this long with preseason just around the corner, we need a manager and new transfer targets will players want to leave now etc…
— Ryan sharp (@RyanSharp93) June 25, 2019
And why has it taken so long? We could of had another manager appointed by now! Absolute joke!!!
— George Thomas Freeman (@GTF_94) June 25, 2019