It was always going to be a long summer for Chelsea F.C. but it has been made one step easier by the tuesday afternoon announcement that Derby County has allowed their manager Frank Lampard to speak to Chelsea over the vacant manager position.
A statement from Derby confirmed they had granted permission for Chelsea to speak to Lampard, adding: “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.”
A transfer ban and the departure of Sarri has made things immensely difficult for the London club to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool and understandably it is believed that Lampard will be given ample time before he is assessed at Chelsea. This is mainly because of the bond Lampard shares with the club and its fans.
Jody Morris will return to Chelsea as Lampard’s assistant, with fitness coach Chris Jones also heading back, and academy coach Joe Edwards set for a promotion to the first-team coaching set-up.