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Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus weeks after guiding the club to Europa League success.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is set to become the new manager of Chelsea but he won’t be announced as Maurizio Sarri’s successor anytime soon.
According to Daily Express, Chelsea are hoping to announce Lampard as Sarri’s replacement by the end of the week but will have to wait for Derby to find Lampard’s replacement.
Derby reportedly tried to lure Steven Gerrard away from Rangers earlier this week but were knocked back the Liverpool legend.
Lee Bowyer and John Terry were also on Derby’s radar, but both men have agreed new deals with Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa respectively.
Lampard agreed to become Chelsea’s new manager after he received assurances from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that he will be given at least two years to prove his worth at the club.
Lampard will reportedly join Chelsea on a three year contract.
Meanwhile, ESPN pundit Craig Burley doesn’t seem too impressed with Chelsea’s decision to appoint Lampard as manager and believes that fans are being blinded simply because Lampard is a club legend.
He said: “It’s amazing if you compare two guys going into big clubs, [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer and Lampard, they’re both level-headed, intelligent, experienced football guys.
“But the perception is incredible among the supporters, it almost clouds the bigger picture and blindfolds them.
“If Solskjaer and Lampard, particularly Frank Lampard – if he had no Chelsea connection and had one year’s managerial experience at Derby County, this would be derided.
“Ultimately Derby failed but it was a more-than-decent first season. But if there was no connection for that football club, this appointment would be derided and would be ridiculous.
“It’s a crazy notion that a lot of fans seem to have that because a guy played for a club, he understands the club.”