Frank Lampard close to Derby County manager job after advanced talks with the Championship club

The Chelsea legend, 39, has edged towards the top job at the Rams after earlier this week claiming he is desperate to go into management.

Lampard would inherit a team who finished sixth in the Championship last season, who he calls "ambitious" and a "big club".

The ex-England ace revealed: "There's been interest from Derby, I've been speaking to them.

"I'm ambitious and I want to become a manager at some point.

"It's a big club, with big tradition and big history, which I really like.

"We'll carry on speaking when I go home and see."

Former West Ham star Lampard – who has also held talks with Ipswich this summer – will be taking over a side expecting to at least make a promotion push once more.

'I'M AMBITIOUS' Frank Lampard confirms he is in talks with Derby County about becoming manager

In 2017-18,  they crashed out of contention at the play-offs semi-final stage – losing to eventual winners Fulham.

The Rams last tasted Premier League football ten years ago – suffering an horrific season, with just one win and 11 points from their 38 games, finishing dead-last.

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