Lampard allowed to hold talks on Chelsea coach job

Former Chelsea player Frank Lampard speaks to journalists after giving a soccer coaching session to children at an ambassador's residence garden of British Embassy in Tokyo, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

LONDON — Derby says it will allow Frank Lampard to hold talks with Chelsea about returning to coach the Premier League club.

Lampard led Derby to the promotion playoff final in his first season as coach but his team lost to Aston Villa.

Derby says "with pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions."

The Chelsea job has been vacant since Maurizio Sarri left for Juventus this month.

The last former Chelsea player to take over as coach was Roberto di Matteo, who won the Champions League and FA Cup in 2012 but was fired after only eight months in charge.

___

This story has been corrected to show that Derby lost in the playoff final, not was promoted.

___

More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

People also read these

Girl soccer player challenges gender rules in...

Sep 11, 2018

A 7-year-old girl's desire to play soccer has called attention to the obstacles women face in the...

WADA has 400 doping cases from whistleblowers

Oct 5, 2018

The World Anti-Doping Agency has registered 400 cases after a flood of information from new...

Boys rescued from Thai cave play friendly match...

Oct 7, 2018

The 12 boys and soccer coach from Thailand who were found in a partially flooded cave are again...

Boca-River Copa Libertadores final postponed...

Nov 25, 2018

The Copa Libertadores final between fierce Argentine rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate was...

In soccer-mad Argentina, women fight sexism and...

Feb 7, 2019

Macarena Sanchez takes a stand to turn female soccer professional in Argentina

About Us

Daily Sports Global, your guide to the best sports news on the Internet. Access to the world’s biggest sports events right here even if you’re not physically there.

Subscribe Now!