Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is closing in on becoming Derby’s new manager and is in advanced negotiations over taking his first role in management.
Lampard will also look to bring Chelsea academy coach Jody Morris – his former team-mate at Stamford Bridge – with him to Pride Park as his No 2.
No schedule has been put on an announcement but Derby are hopeful of concluding terms this week.
Frank Lampard is in advanced talks about becoming Derby County’s new manager
There is still work to be done on contractual issues as Lampard has already signed up to be a World Cup pundit for the BBC.
Lampard was in Kiev for the Champions League final as BT Sport analyst and spoke about the prospect of joining Derby.
‘There’s been interest from Derby and I’ve been speaking with them,’ he said. ‘I’m ambitious and I want to become a manager at some point. It’s a big club, with a big tradition and a big history, which I really like. We’ll carry on speaking when I go home, and we’ll see.’
It is understood Lampard has traveled to Derby to meet with owner Mel Morris, who is ready to give the former England international his first chance in the dugout.
Speaking as a pundit on Saturday, Lampard said he had been talking to Derby about the role
Mel Morris wants another challenge for promotion after losing in the play-offs with Gary Rowett, but Lampard will have to manage a stricter budget than in previous years under the technology businessman.
Derby are still planning to commit to a wage bill in the top eight of the Championship, however.
Lampard is the leading contender to replace Rowett, who has been appointed Stoke manager.
His prospective No 2 Morris, 39, has developed an excellent reputation as an emerging coach at the Blues academy, helping them to a historic quadruple last season. It is understood Morris is in talks with Chelsea about his release.
Lampard will look to bring Chelsea academy coach Jody Morris with him as his No 2