Derby County have confirmed that they have given their manager Frank Lampard the permission to engage in talks with Chelsea to take over as their manager.

Chelsea fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The dragged on saga of Frank Lampard being the next Chelsea manager is set to come to a conclusion soon. Derby County have released an official statement, stating that they have given Chelsea the permission to talk to their manager to assume the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard has been linked to a Chelsea return in a managerial capacity for the last month or more, which falls along the same timeline from when Maurizio Sarri has been linked with a Chelsea exit. The Italian has now been confirmed as the new boss of Juventus, which means the Blues have to find a new manager to take their club forward.

The managerial vacancy at Chelsea might be a lucrative prospect for many-a managers. But, the current impediments that are attached to it make it a bit problematic. The Blues have been hit with a transfer ban, which is set to prevent them from buying any players for the current transfer window, at the very least, if their appeal to CAS has a positive effect.

To add to the inability to sign players, Chelsea have just lost their talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. The Belgian was one of the driving forces in Chelsea’s 2018-19 success story and leaves a void difficult to be filled, even more so without transfers.

Many hope Christian Pulisic will fill Hazard’s boots. But, with Jorginho linked with a transfer away to reunite with Sarri, Chelsea need a manager that can cope with the prospect of not being able to delve into the market to strengthen the squad and use the current options to the best of their abilities.

Frank Lampard has shown that in spades in his debut managerial campaign with Derby County. While the former Chelsea superstar did take time in finding out his tactical style, there was an evident improvement in players’ form over the second half of the season, with Derby County coming close to sealing a promotion to the Premier League.

Add to that the fact that Lampard has already seen two of Chelsea’s academy hopefuls – Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount – up close, the fans are hopeful that he can integrate the two into the first-team setup in a successful manner. This will also allow him to introduce his tactical style at the club with better pace and effect, with two players already having worked under him.

Derby County will be due compensation if Chelsea do end up appointing Frank Lampard as their new manager, which is almost certain at this point, looking at the situation. The Chelsea record goalscorer is likely to be given time to turn the tide at the club, with the Board aware of the caveats that come along with the job at the moment.