Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been appointed new manager for Sky Bet Championship club signing a three-year deal.

On 22 May, Derby County have lost their manager Gary Rowett to Stoke City following Paul Lambert departure.

Ever since the Rams had been searching for a new manager, and now they have announced Lampard as their new club manager.

“I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity,” said Lampard, in a statement released on the club’s website.

“I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the chairman and board members.”

“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 at Pride Park.”

“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.”

“I know it won’t be easy – managing a football team never is – but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Lampard, who started his playing career at West Ham United, has retired from playing football in 2016 following two successful seasons at New York City.

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