Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has emerged as the favourite to become the new manager of Derby County.
The Rams are currently searching for their seventh manager in three years as their former gaffer Gary Rowett opted for a move to Stoke City earlier this week.
Despite a respectable season – which saw them bow out to Fulham in the play-off semi-finals – Derby fans are again scrolling the social media feeds for their next commander-in-chief.
The bookies believe that to be Frank Lampard.
Lampard’s Sky Bet odds have fallen from 16/1 to 1/4 in just days, with the former favourite – Brentford’s Dean Smith – falling to 7/2.
ESPN, meanwhile, have added more fuel to the Derby rumour train citing that sources close to Lampard suggested that a move to Pride Park is one that would interest him.
The BT Sports Pundit has spoken publicly of his eagerness to get into management and Sky Sports reported that he had two interviews with Ipswich Town earlier this month to fill the Mick McCarthy void. However, reports have since fallen quiet on the Tractor Boys front.
Lampard could also be driven further by – former England teammate – Steven Gerrard’s move to Rangers. Gerrard has already been linked to and added a variety of names to the Rangers squad including former Scotland number one Alan McGregor and former Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield.
Despite all the hype, the Derby Telegraph understands that an appointment at Pride Park before the end of the week is unlikely. However, as the Rowett move to the Bet 365 Arena suggests, the booking odds are rarely wrong. There appears to be some substance in the Lampard link which makes it more than just a rumour.
Whoever takes over at Pride Park will have to deal with an ageing squad, a huge loanee return list, tight financial fair play restrictions and as a result; a much smaller budget than the one of recent seasons.
Despite his lack of Championship or managerial experience, it is frightening to consider what Lampard’s contact list may look like.
If the Chelsea legend does become a Ram, an influx of Chelsea academy products on loan could be expected. The 39-year-old’s lack of managerial experience could be a massive gamble for Derby, but a gamble may be what they need