Derby owner Mel Morris on Lampard’s decision to leave Derby for Chelsea

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Frank Lampard has finally been unveiled as the new Chelsea manager, five years after the former midfielder left Stamford Bridge as a player.

Lampard left Derby for Chelsea after just one season at the Championship club in which he guided them to the playoff final.

Lampard has brought coaches Jody Morris, who played and coached for Chelsea, and Chris Jones, another former Blues coach, with him back to Stamford Bridge.

Speaking after Lampard’s appointment as Chelsea boss was confirmed, Derby owner Mel Morris 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.”

Lampard admitted being Derby boss was a fantastic experience for him.

Lampard told Derby’s official website: “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.”

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