Frank Lampard’s eventful first year in management

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Frank Lampard appears to be on his way back to Chelsea with the Derby boss set for talks over the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.

Here, Press Association Sport picks out some of the key events that have punctuated the 41-year-old’s first season in management:

May 31, 2018 – Derby announce the appointment of Lampard as manager, his first managerial role, on a three-year contract.

July 17 – Lampard signs young loan players Mason Mount, from Chelsea, and Liverpool’s Harry Wilson.

August 3 – Lampard’s first match in charge sees Tom Lawrence score a last-minute winner in a 2-1 victory at Reading.

Reading v Derby County – Sky Bet Championship – Madejski Stadium
Scenes as Derby secure victory at Reading (Andrew Matthews/PA)

September 25 – Derby knock Manchester United, and Lampard’s old Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, out of the Carabao Cup on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

Manchester United v Derby County – Carabao Cup – Third Round – Old Trafford
Cup victory came against a familiar face (Martin Rickett/PA)

January 10 – Police are called to Derby’s training ground following reports that a man was “acting suspiciously” outside. Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa later admits sending someone to spy on their next opponents.

January 11, 2019 – Lampard described Bielsa’s pre-match conduct as “unethical” after Leeds beat the Rams 2-0 at Elland Road to go five points clear at the top of the Championship.

May 5 – A 3-1 win over West Brom secured a sixth-place finish for Derby and a play-off against none other than Leeds.

May 11 – Kemar Roofe’s goal gives Leeds controversial a 1-0 first-leg win at Pride Park. Derby were awarded a penalty which was then overturned on the advice of the assistant referee, a decision Lampard called “incredible”.

Derby County v Leeds United – Sky Bet Championship Play-off – Semi Final – First Leg – Pride Park
Frank Lampard suffered a setback against Leeds (Mike Egerton/PA)

May 27 – Derby fall at the final hurdle and miss out on promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 Wembley defeat by Aston Villa. Afterwards Lampard refuses to be drawn on the Chelsea speculation.

June 25 – With Maurizio Sarri having vacated the Chelsea job on June 16 to join Juventus, Derby announced that the Blues had been granted permission to speak to Lampard about the role.

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