Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is expected to be named as Chelsea boss this week after Derby gave Chelsea permission to speak to him on Tuesday.
Derby owner Mel Morris insists he will continue to maintain a good relationship with Frank Lampard and Chelsea if the Blues legend decides to leave the Rams to return to Stamford Bridge.
“If you become obstructive in these situations, it doesn’t bode well for the future,” Morris told talkSPORT.
“I have a great relationship with Frank. Our relationship with Frank and Chelsea is really important. It is critical we maintain that. I have no regrets whether he stays or goes.
“You don’t have to give it (permission for Chelsea to speak to Lampard), but when we interviewed Frank originally, we talked about this very eventuality, that at some stage he will want to manage Chelsea.
“Let’s face it that job comes around pretty frequently so it was always a risk. We didn’t think it would happen at the end of the first season, but you couldn’t have predicted what was going to happen with them having a manager (Maurizio Sarri) moving on, their transfer ban. There is a whole raft of things that brought about this opportunity.
“Frank hasn’t gone through this season thinking ‘I’m waiting for the opportunity at Chelsea’. This is circumstances bringing this about. Loyalty is something that only goes so far when opportunity is really strong.”
However, Morris hasn’t given up completely on the idea that Lampard may remain at Pride Park for another season.
“For Frank it’s a win-win. He can’t lose in this situation. Let’s face it, it is still not a done deal. As far as I’m concerned, I’m hoping this guy will manage us next season,” he added.
“I’m not giving up hope on that but you have to say at some point it will happen, whether it is now or in the future. If he stays, fantastic, we will be in a better shape next season than this.
“Does he owe me anything? No. The way I look at this is for a first season, it was fantastic. He helped bring back the buzz, the style of football. Frank allowed us to define the model for the club, it’s worth a lot to me. That’s payback.”