Derby County supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been digesting the news that Frank Lampard has taken over as the club’s new manager following the departure of Gary Rowett earlier this summer.
Former Birmingham City chief Rowett left Pride Park to take over at recently-relegated Stoke City earlier this month after little over a year in charge of the Rams, in which time he led them to a sixth place finish in the Championship this term, although they lost to Fulham in the semi-finals of the play-offs. Nonetheless, the new era at Derby has begun under new boss Lampard, with the 39-year-old embarking on his first managerial job following a stellar playing career.
As such, there are many excited Derby fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are intrigued by the news that John Terry has left Aston Villa following their inability to win promotion from the second tier this season.
The Villains lost 1-0 to Fulham in the play-off final at Wembley last weekend to bring Terry’s one-year stay to an end, yet former Chelsea teammate Lampard should seek to reunite with the £900,000-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) at Derby this summer.
Ultimately, 37-year-old Terry certainly proved his credentials in the Championship this season with 35 appearances for Steve Bruce’s side, helping them to a fourth place finish in the table, at the same helping them to one of the best defensive records in the second tier.
And alongside an incredible playing career at Chelsea, in which time the former England captain won five Premier League titles, five FA Cup crowns, the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League a year later, Lampard will know first-hand exactly what Terry offers, both on the field and indeed off it.
With over 750 appearances at club level, and 78 caps for England, there are few more experienced players in English football than Terry – experience would could rub off on a Derby side that seem to struggle in the second half of the Championship season.
But as a centre back as well, the 37-year-old retains genuine quality with his positional awareness and vision still of outstanding standard – he proved to be an adept defender at Championship level this time round.
And having someone familiar in and around the dressing room can only help Lampard in his first managerial job, not least at a club like Derby where expectations are high after many years of missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
Thus, the first job the new Rams boss should seek to complete is to reunite with his ex-Chelsea teammate at Pride Park.
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