Chelsea have this morning confirmed the long awaited appointment of former player turned Derby County boss Frank Lampard.
He guided the Rams to 6th in the Championship table, before grabbing a playoff place on the final day of the 2018/29 season, then lost the final to Aston Villa.
HE’S HOME! ?
Frank Lampard is the new Chelsea head coach!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 4, 2019
Derby County can confirm that Frank Lampard has parted company with the club and has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Chelsea.
Thank you and good luck, Frank. ?
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 4, 2019
He said on Chelsea’s website: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach. Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead. I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach. Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game.
“After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and are delighted he has done so. We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.”
Derby County’s Executive Chairman, Mel Morris CBE, said: “Frank, along with Jody and Chris, leave with our best wishes and I sincerely hope they have success at Chelsea.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Frank and while we would have loved his time at Derby County to continue, to build on the positives we saw last season, the opportunity for him to return to Chelsea as their Head Coach was huge.
“As a club, we have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Chelsea recently and would like that to continue moving forward.”
Lampard said: “I would like to say a special thank you to Mel Morris, the players, staff and everyone who is associated with Derby County Football Club.
“It has been a fantastic experience for me, and I feel privileged to have managed such a prestigious club.
“Most of all, I want to thank the fans who supported me and the team from the day I arrived in the City. I wish everyone the best of luck going forward.”
After learning of Frank Lampard’s departure from Derby County to be appointed at Chelsea, fans on both clubs’ social media pages took to give their reaction – find out what they had to say on the next page.