In what could be the most nostalgic moment of the sporting calendar this year, it looks like Derby manager Frank Lampard could make a return to Chelsea in the dugout in the coming weeks.
The Englishman who made over 400 appearances for the London based club, has just guided his Derby side to the play-off final where he eventually lost out to Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side; resigning the Rams to another season in the second tier of English football.
Lampard has gained many plaudits this season, most notably for his perceived over achievement with an average Derby side made up of young, inexperienced players. Perhaps the reason for their downfall at Wembley not too long ago.
With Maurizio Sarri recently announced as manager of Juventus, it leaves a vacancy in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge that Lampard has long been touted to take. But could it be a step too far too soon for the Chelsea icon?
It is perhaps understandable that people may question Lampard’s managerial ability after only one season in the Championship. However, it must be remembered that he took over a Derby side that under former manager Gary Rowett played in a very different style to the one Super Frank implemented, yet within the ‘transitional’ season Lamps still guided them to a top six finish.
The rumours continue to float about on social media and in the INTERNATIONAL press, but time will tell. If Frank takes the job, it is likely he’ll be given the rarely afforded (especially at Chelsea) gift of time and guide them back to the dizzy heights of the top of the Premier League with the same ethics and style he has so heavily relied on at Derby.