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Frank Lampard named as new Derby manager

The BBC reports that former Chelsea and England midfielder, Frank Lampard, has been named as the new manager of Championship side Derby County.

It is the 39-year old’s first job in club management, and he takes over at Pride Park from Gary Rowett, who left last week to take charge of newly relegated Stoke City.

Lampard was one of twenty applicants for the job, and, after signing a three-year deal, has become Derby’s seventh manager in three years.

“I have always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity” said Lampard. “I know it won’t be easy, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead”.

Derby have been out of the top flight for a decade, and although they made this season’s play-offs, they were beaten over two legs by Fulham who eventually secured promotion to the Premier League.