Lampard explains how Derby helped prepare him for the Chelsea job

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has finally sealed his return as Chelsea manager – five years after leaving the club as a player.

Lampard signed a three year deal and will get £4million-a-year plus big bonuses for trophies and getting into the top four.

Lampard will bring his assistant manager at Derby, Jody Morris, with him as well as first team coach Chris Jones, both formerly at Stamford Bridge.

In his first and only season as a manager so far, Lampard led Derby to the Championship play offs after finishing sixth last season, but they lost in the final to Aston Villa.

Asked how being Derby boss last season helped prepare him for the Chelsea job, Lampard told Chelsea TV: “It was a good first year, we didn’t quite get to where we wanted to be in the play-off final. (But) from where we started, we did a lot of changing of the team, bringing the age down a lot of young players changing the style to a big degree and I suppose the fact that we made great strides in one season is what I’m most proud of.

“Not just myself but the staff and the players at Derby. I learnt a lot. As a manager you continue to learn whether it’s your first year, second year, twentieth year so yeah hopefully it puts me in good stead.

“I’m ready to keep learning, that’s how I played, year in year out until the end of my career so that’s how I’ll manage.”

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