Chelsea News: Lampard Announcement Date Revealed
Lampard and Terry during the Championship play-off between Derby County and Aston Villa/NBC Sports

Frank Lampard will be confirmed as the new Chelsea manager by Thursday, Sky Sports News claims.

Concise News reports that the expectation is that the 41-year-old has been seeking assurances about owner Roman Abramovich’s expectations and the club’s plans once FIFA’s transfer ban expires.

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The interview process included an open exchange of views, with both sides wanting to be certain the relationship would work for them, according to Sky Sports.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia asked Lampard about his lack of experience as a manager, his vision for the club, and whether he would look to give opportunities to Chelsea’s younger players.

Similarly, Lampard asked questions about Chelsea’s expectations, what constitutes success, and their transfer plans once the club is free to trade again.

Lampard did not ask for guarantees to be given time to make an impact – considering when he signs the contract, he will be Chelsea’s fourth manager in less than four years. This claim according to Sky.

Negotiations over the financial terms and duration of the Blue‘s all-time leading scorer’s contract were relatively easy to agree.

Once Lampard’s move is complete, Derby County will then be free to pursue his replacement with former PSV Eindhoven and Fenerbahce head coach Philip Cocu believed to be their first choice.

Negotiations with his representatives are ongoing with the Dutchman a free agent after leaving Turkey but is wanting more detail on Derby’s plans for the squad before committing to the job.

Cocu, like Lampard, enjoyed a fine playing career, during which he represented Barcelona while winning 101 caps for the Netherlands, and he would command the respect of the dressing room.

He has won the league title three times in five years.