Frank Lampard has made courageous decisions – whether that is enough to convince Roman Abramovich that he is ready for Chelsea, we will see
- Frank Lampard has this season worn the aura required of all good managers
- Defeat does not undermine the impression he has made in just 12 months
- Derby's boss has not been afraid to express his opinion and has made bold decisions
On the eve of this £ 170 million competition, Frank Lampard described his management career as & # 39; ahead of schedule & # 39 ;. A Wembley setting and the best opportunity for football to complete a renovation and renovation campaign, where the play-offs were a bonus, would certainly count as such.
Defeat does not undermine the impression he has made in just 12 months. He has worn the aura required of all good managers, was not afraid to express his opinion, was well-chosen on the transfer market and made bold, effective selections and replacements.
We will see if that is enough to convince Roman Abramovich that Lampard is ready to defeat Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea & # 39; s interest is genuine and there will be a vacancy if Sarri leaves for Juventus. It would be a break from previous choices to choose a manager with only one season experience, but again, Lampard, with his 13 years and 11 trophies at Stamford Bridge, is a unique case.
On Sunday evening, Frank Lampard described his management career as & # 39; earlier than planned & # 39;
Regardless of Chelsea's intentions, Lampard will now have conversations with owner Mel Morris to determine which direction Derby is heading. Morris had to be creative to keep the club in line with EFL spending rules – sell Pride Park to another of his company for £ 80 million and re-lease to record a £ 14.6m profit – and the more sensitive handling of the books is required this summer. Despite Morris' wealth, estimated at £ 500m, he is limited in being a benefactor who can keep pumping money and the sale will have to come before he buys.
Jayden Bogle, the 18-year-old right back who got his debut from Lampard, is expected to attract interest. His calm head set Jack Marriott's goal in ten minutes to go.
But Derby & # 39; s rally was late. Lampard sent Marriott and Martyn Waghorn down 2-0 once and just as threateningly as the duo, the backlog was too long and the time too short.
It leaves the question as to whether Lampard had his start XI wrong. He selected Tom Huddlestone to offer midfield protection and went for a diamond formation with Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence in front. It largely worked in the first half to bypass the influence of Jack Grealish and John McGinn, but meant that the danger Derby was not as powerful as it could be.
We will see if Roman Abramovich thinks the Derby manager is ready for the job in Chelsea
Anwar El-Ghazi runs away in festivities after breaking the break for the break
Marriott was brilliant on the bank at Leeds, so he was expected to play from the start. Waghorn & # 39; s Achilles injury meant that the length of time he could detect was reduced.
Lampard acted with conviction to try to turn events around and the character he introduced to his players was once again clear. They finished with seven points from three hard games to make the play-offs, defeating West Brom on the last day, and that courage through crackle moments was beautifully realized on Elland Road.
But in the end, it's a fourth failure in the playoffs in six years and Morris couldn't hide his disappointment because of his applause for Derby & # 39; s efforts after the final whistle.
John Terry offered Lamprd and Jody Morris, his former Chelsea colleagues & good friends, words of comfort. They were sniffing each other during the game.
As always in this contest of absolute threat, the pain of the losers was aggravated by the joy of the victors. The players and staff of Aston Villa flew over to the field and Grealish immediately ran to the supporters behind the goal.
Admittedly, Grealish lifted the trophy with James Chester, the club's captain who has been resting an injured knee since January after having hurt unnecessarily for three months and possibly aggravating the problem.
The Premier League is a great reward for that sacrifice. Picking up the pieces starts now for Derby.
McGinn celebrates for Villa supporters after he has his team firmly under control
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