Lampard appointed Derby County manager on three-year deal

Former Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard, has been appointed of Championship side Derby County, with the second-tier side announcing on Thursday that the 39-year-old had agreed to a three-year deal.

Lampard was capped 106 times by England 1999 and 2014, won three English Premier (EPL) titles, four FA Cups and Champions with Chelsea.

He will be taking his first steps into senior management by replacing Gary Rowett.

“I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity,” Lampard told the club’s website.

Lampard’s move means that he did not wait long to follow former England mate Steven Gerrard into management, with the ex-Liverpool midfielder taking charge at Scottish side Rangers earlier this month.

want to build on the club’s top-six finish in the Championship season, while at the same time bringing some of the excellent youth and academy talent have at Pride Park,” Lampard added.

“I’m delighted to have someone of Frank’s calibre as our new .

“Few have achieved what Frank has in his career.

“He’s a , a leader who knows what it takes to succeed, and who has the character and charisma to be a fantastic ,” Derby executive , Mel Morris, said.

Rowett guided two-times English champions Derby to the playoffs season, where they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Fulham, who went on to earn promotion to Premier .

The 44-year-old left Derby to charge of Stoke City, who were relegated the EPL season. (Reuters/NAN)