Frank Lampard had a promising first season in management at Derby County, where he was appointed in May 2018. His team won 24 of their 57 matches in all competitions, finishing sixth in the Championship before reaching a playoff final they lost narrowly to Aston Villa. The Rams also progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they lost to Premier League Brighton – and dumped Manchester United out of the League Cup before losing to, yes, Chelsea in the fourth round.
Derby’s regular-season results against the five teams that finished above them in the Championship were much as you might expect from the team finishing sixth. Four wins and a draw from 10 games represented a decent return, but Lampard’s move to Chelsea will see him tasked with challenging the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool – respectively, the English and European champions.
Predecessor Maurizio Sarri, now in charge at Italian champions Juventus, led Chelsea to third in the Premier League and a Europa League triumph in often hostile circumstances. Their best player, Eden Hazard, has also since been sold to Real Madrid, and a transfer ban means that the pre-arranged signings of Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic are the only ones they will make.