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Frank Lampard emerges as a favourite to cut his teeth in management at Derby County

Former England and Chelsea ace heads Brentford's Dean Smith as the man to replace Gary Rowett in the Pride Park dugout

Frank Lampard has emerged as a favourite for the Derby County job.

The ex-England and Chelsea midfielder is set to make his first move into management and was strongly linked with Ipswich Town.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has emerged as the favourite to cut his teeth in management at Derby County

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has emerged as the favourite to cut his teeth in management at Derby County

Now Lampard, 39, is being hotly-tipped to replace Gary Rowett who moved to Stoke City on Tuesday.

Derby chairman Mel Morris is pals with Harry Redknapp – Lampard’s uncle – who spent time as a football advisor at Pride Park two years ago.

But the Rams’ job is likely to be a tough task next season despite them reaching the Championship play-offs this month.

The new Derby manager will be asked to slash wages with no major funds available for new players.


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Lampard is reported to have failed to agree terms with Ipswich Town despite two interviews

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Lampard is reported to have failed to agree terms with Ipswich Town despite two interviews

Frank Lampard has the perfect pedigree to know who would should be the England skipper in the World Cup

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Frank Lampard is looking to transfer his skills as one of the world’s top players into making a success of it in the dugout

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Some fans may question why the Midlands outfit would want to risk the appointment of an ex-world class player who does have the necessary coaching badges but certainly not the experience or all-round knowledge of the Championship.

But Derby hope his stellar name, reputation and personality will fit the bill as they seek a return to the Premier League.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith is also in the running at Derby but former England midfielder Lampard is thought to be ahead of him.

Rowett’s exit means the Rams are looking for a sixth manager in five years.

Lampard was also the hot favourite to boss Ipswich following Mick McCarthy’s departure.

But, according to Sky Sports, he is no longer a target having failed to agree terms with owner Marcus Evans after two interviews.

The Portman Road position, like the one at Pride Park, was also thought to offer little encouragement for the new manager in terms of a transfer kitty.

Lampard retired last year and has been linked with various roles in football since, including vacancies at MK Dons and Oxford United.


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