Ex-Chelsea and England star takes hot-seat at Bondholder Derby County

Mel Morris with Frank Lampard

Mel Morris with Frank Lampard

Bondholder Derby County have signed former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as their new manager with the 39-year-old signing a three year contract.

Frank Lampard said: “I’m excited to be making my first move into management with a club with such huge tradition and history.

"I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the Chairman Mel Morris CBE and the board. We want to build on the club’s top six finish in the Championship last season, while at the same time bringing through some of the excellent youth and Academy talent we have at Pride Park."

Lampard is the Rams' sixth manager in the last three years, and replaces Gary Rowett, who left last week to take over at Stoke City.

Mel Morris, owner of Derby County Football Club, said “I’m delighted to have someone of Frank’s calibre as our new manager,"

"I’ve always been an admirer of Frank both as a player and a person, especially in the way he conducts himself both on and off the pitch.

"That impression was only re-enforced when we interviewed him for this role, his passion and humility shone through in equal measure."