Derby County has appointed ex-Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard as their new manager for a three-year contract.
Lampard, taking on his first leading role, was one of 20 applicants for the job and will be the seventh appointment of Derby in just over three years. He replaces Gary Rowett after he left to join Marksman King Stoke.
"I've always wanted to lead a club with a great tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a great opportunity," said the 39-year-old.
"I've spent a lot of time discussing the club's role and goals with the chairman and board members." This is my first job as a manager, but I've worked closely with some of the game's best coaches I am confident in my own abilities and those of the team around me, including the board.
"I know it's not going to be easy ̵
Lampard, 106 caps for England, scored 649 appearances for Chelsea and is the club's top scorer.
Derby finished sixth in the last season He lost to Fulham in the play-off semi-final last season and has been without a coach since Rowett's departure on 22 May.
Chelsea youth coach Jody Morris, a former Blues team-mate from Lampard, is expected to join the Rams coaching staff.
A Legend of Stamford Bridge
Lampard left Chelsea in 2014 and won 11 major trophies. He has three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League from his time in West London.
He began his career at West Ham, moving to Chelsea for £ 11m in 2001 before later before he retired in February 2017, he played for Manchester City and New York City.
After his international debut in 1999 Lampard scored 29 goals for England and appeared in three World Cups and a European Championship.
"Few players have achieved what Frank has in his career so far," said Derby chairman Mel Morris. "He's a winner, a leader who knows what it takes to be successful and who has the character and charisma to be a fantastic manager for us."
"The board agreed that he the outstanding candidate with many highly sought after and unique skills. "