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What Chelsea appointing Frank Lampard as new manager could mean for John Terry

By: princepoint |Time : June 18, 2019, 08:28:58 AM
chelsea are on the look-out for a new permanent boss after Maurizio Sarri left for Juventus.

The Italian has been linked with an early departure since February and after suggestions Chelsea would cut his contract short after a year to replace him with Lampard, the club’s official statement upon his move to Juve insisted it was ultimately Sarri’s decision to leave.

Lampard is only just coming off of his 12 months as a senior manager after taking over at Derby County a year ago.

In his first and only season in charge so far, Derby reached the final of the Championship play-offs after finishing sixth in the league but lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Wembley.

And it is widely expected that although Derby are keen for Lampard to stay at Pride Park, Chelsea will pay out the next two years of his £2million-a-year contract to take him to Stamford Bridge.

But that move could have big ramifications for Lampard’s former Chelsea team-mate John Terry.

Terry has worked alongside Villa manager Dean Smith since October, also joined by fellow assistant coach Richard O’Kelly, with the trio helping to lead the club back to the Premier League.

The former defender only hung up his boots last summer having captained Villa in the 2017-18 season, when they also reached the play-off final but were beaten by Fulham.

Terry spent 21 years of his playing career at Chelsea and the former England international was a captain for a bulk of his time at the club as he made 717 appearances, scoring 67 goals and winning 17 trophies with him and Lampard crucial to the club’s success during their time together.

And Lampard going back to Stamford Bridge could see Terry given his first opportunity in management.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who say Terry is on Derby’s shortlist should they lose their current coach.

The 38-year-old is said to have impressed those behind the scenes at the club with his influence on loan trio Tyrone Mings, Axel Tuanzebe and Tammy Abraham - from Chelsea - said to have been key.

The Rams are said to be anticipating contact from the Blues over the next 48 hours regarding a move for Lampard.

And talking after Villa’s play-off final success last month, Terry confirmed his plans to follow in the footsteps of Lampard and ex-England team-mate Steven Gerrard, who is at Rangers.

Terry was among those to hold talks with Middlesbrough last month before Jonathan Woodgate took over at the Riverside with Robbie Keane becoming his assistant.

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