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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is the number one man Chelsea want to be manager next season. Lampard is set to become the 12th manager of owner Roman Abramovich’s reign and the first Englishman to take charge of the club since Glenn Hoddle in 1993.
Italian Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea at the end of the season and returned to the Serie A after Italian champions Juventus wanted him to become their new manager.
With Sarri leaving, Chelsea have turned to club legend Lampard to take over the vacant job, and Derby County on Tuesday confirmed that Lampard had been given permission to talk with Chelsea.
The Rams said in a statement on their official website: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
“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.”
Lampard will be offered a three-year contract worth around £4 million a year to succeed Maurizio Sarri, and there are concerns about his future at the club due to Chelsea’s hire and fire approach when dealing with managers.
However, reports claim that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has assured Lampard of his job and he’d be given a free hand in his first season with no specific targets, barring the worst-case scenario of a relegation battle. So, as long as Chelsea are not in relegation waters next season, Lampard’s job as Chelsea manager is safe.