As we get closer to the first week of July, usually the time when preseason gets underway at most clubs, Chelsea remain without a manager eventhough Lampard’s arrival, from his holidays at St. Tropez, is a matter of when and not if. Thus, things at Chelsea look calm especially after Petr Cech’s return to the club as Technical Advisor.
Same cannot be said about the situation at Derby County as Matt Law of The Telegraph reports that the club wants to get a clear picture of Lampard’s future within this week so that they can go ahead and plan accordingly for the upcoming Championship season as well as curb the anxiety of Derby fans.
Last week, Derby launched a hopeful last-ditch attempt to tie down Lampard for the next 4 years with a new contract worth £10 million but in vain. With pre season starting next Monday for Derby, they are also concerned that the longer Chelsea or Lampard delay their decisions, the more it would delay their plans to sign players this summer as the profile of a manager is important for players to make decisions on signing for a club.
Lampard is reported to bring assistant coach Jody Morris and fitness coach Chris Jones along with him to Chelsea meaning the compensation could rise north of the £4 million reported earlier. Though that should not be an issue with Chelsea receiving compensation of more than £5 million from Juventus for the release of Maurizio Sarri.
Here’s hoping that the next ‘48 hours’ would be the final 48 hours before Frank Lampard is announced as the new head coach of Chelsea so that both Derby and Chelsea can plan for the new season with a clear state of mind.