Like a very bad movie sequel, we’re now in the middle of ‘Another 48 Hours’ of Frank Lampard’s appointment as the new Chelsea head coach. Most reports agree that practically all terms have been agreed, fees put in place, and signatures secured.
I can confirm Frank Lampard has signed the contract!— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) July 1, 2019
So what’s been the hold-up? It would appear that Cheslea have been waiting for Derby County to secure a replacement, although that could be just this year’s version of “when the Nike money kicks in”. But it looks like all the delays are now over.
Some claim Wednesday (today) for the announcement; others put it on Thursday, which is also the day Derby fly out for their preseason camp. Considering that Chelsea also get back to work this weekend, it’s not a moment too soon, that’s for sure.
Meanwhile, Derby have reportedly secured the signature of another former midfielder to replace Lampard, with Dutch legend Philip Cocu agreeing terms on a four(4!)-year deal with the Rams. Cocu made his name in the Eredivisie with Vitesse and PSV back in the ‘90s before representing Barcelona almost 300 times, while amassing over 100 caps with Netherlands. He also coached PSV for a five-year period and could thus make for an intriguing option for someone like Marco van Ginkel, who played under (and won titles with and was named captain by) him.
In any case, here’s to all the next 48 hours finally running out of time.
P.S.: We can confirm that speculation about Ram Srinivas becoming the new Rams head coach is false.