Next Chelsea manager: Frank Lampard excused from Derby County pre-season as Blues return nears

The Rams are operating under the assumption that Lampard will reach a deal with his old club

Tom Kershaw
Monday 01 July 2019 09:07 BST
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Derby County have excused manager Frank Lampard from reporting for pre-season training this week and are now operating “on the assumption that he will reach an agreement with Chelsea”.

Derby gave Chelsea permission to speak with Lampard last month and said that “with pre-season fast approaching for both clubs, it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions”.

Assistant manager Jody Morris will also be absent for the first two days of fitness-based training, with the former Chelsea U18s head coach expected to leave alongside Lampard.

“Derby County Football Club has excused Frank Lampard from reporting back for pre-season training on Monday and Tuesday to allow his discussions regarding a potential move to Chelsea to be concluded as soon as possible.

“The first few days of pre-season training will be focused on fitness training and will continue as planned under the guidance of the fitness, medical, conditioning and sports science teams at the club’s Training Centre.

“On the assumption that Frank will reach an agreement with Chelsea to become their new manager, the club shall step up its efforts to find a replacement manager.”

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