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Lampard focused only on Derby County, not Chelsea, this season and next

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Already planning for next season at the Championship promotion hopefuls

Despite a stretch of just one win in their last seven league games, Frank Lampard’s Derby County remain in with a shout for the promotion playoffs in the Championship. Currently sitting eight, two places but just one point below Aston Villa (and with a game-in-hand), they are in the middle of the pack of seven (7!) teams separated by just four points, all vying for the final two playoff spots.

That’s certainly not a terrible place to be for Lampard’s first season in football management. Derby do have nine games left, and they are finally getting Mason Mount back from injury, too, so there’s still a good chance that Frank does something Super with the Rams this season.

But what about next season? The Chelsea legend has already been made one of the favorites to replace Maurizio Sarri, who hasn’t even been sacked yet.

But Lampard is not giving much thought to that at all, at least none that he would admit to in public.

“I am an easy link. Does it affect me? No. I have a three-year contract here, I am planning pre-season and recruitment for next season. My pure focus is on the club (Derby County).”

-Frank Lampard; source: Derby Telegraph

As Chelsea start running out of games to finish top four, speculation about Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge will only increase. Should the Blues fail to win the Europa League at the same time, drastic change may be required once more.