Derby County slumped to defeat in the EFL Championship Playoff Final on Monday night and speculation is growing they could now lose their manager. Frank Lampard, who took over the Rams last summer, has been linked with the Chelsea manager’s position with current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri expected to leave in the offseason.
Aston Villa defeated Derby County, 2-1, on Monday at Wembley to seal promotion back to the Premier League. Derby County will now return to the league, where they finished sixth this past season, and hope for promotion next term.
Prior to the final, reports claimed Lampard would not return to Derby County regardless of the game’s outcome. Current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has emerged as the favourite to take over the vacant Juventus coaching position.
Juventus sacked manager Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the Serie A season despite leading the Bianconeri to a fifth straight Scudetto.
Sarri’s potential appointment at Juventus looks likely to set off a chain reaction of managerial moves.
According to Lampard after the Championship Playoff Final, he will sit down with Derby County owner Melvyn Morris to speak about the future of the club.
Lampard moved to distance himself from speculation that he could assume the Chelsea manager’s role following Derby County’s loss.
Frank Lampard and John Terry impressing as coaches
While Lampard was on the bench for Derby County, another former Chelsea captain was on the opposite bench for Aston Villa.
Assistant coach John Terry was instrumental in Aston Villa’s defensive play during the Championship season. His presence on the Villains’ bench has been overlooked by many fans due to Lampard’s success at Pride Park.
Terry could be in line to take a management position in the offseason and like Lampard, he could begin at the Championship level.
According to former Chelsea player Dennis Wise, Terry will coach the Blues before Lampard does. As things have gone, however, it looks more likely that Lampard will reach Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager first.
Will Frank Lampard be the next Chelsea manager?
According to leading sportsbooks, Lampard is the frontrunner to take over the Blues this summer. Former Juventus manager Allegri and current Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Nuno Espirito Santo are also top contenders.
Terry is interestingly far down the list of potential coaches according to leading bookies.
With Sarri set to leave after just one season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea looks set for another rocky offseason in which they will be in need of a new manager.