Former Chelsea and Manchester City player Frank Lampard has been appointed as the manager of English Championship side Derby County, the club announced on Thursday.

Lampard got his first managerial role after being selected from 20 applicants.

“I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity, “I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the chairman and board members,” said Lampard.

He added, “This is my first job as a manager, but I’ve worked closely with some of the best coaches in the game and I’m confident in my own abilities and those of the team around me, including the board. I know it won’t be easy – managing a football team never is – but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

He replaces Gary Rowett who will be managing Stoke City.

Derby finished sixth in the second tier of English Football last season. However, they lost in the play-off semi-finals to Fulham.

The 39-year-old has played for England 106 times and went onto make 649 appearances for Chelsea. Apart from being their all-time club goal scorer, he enjoyed the most successful period of his career with The Blues.

After been given his debut in 1995 by his uncle Harry Redknapp, Frank Lampard burst onto the scene as the next talent to look out for in 1997. He was playing for West Ham United and transferred to Chelsea in 2001.

“I couldn’t be more pleased for him and Derby, it’s a great appointment. He’s got a big advantage as he goes in there on the back of a great playing career. He’s a very intelligent and very bright lad who knows the game, so I don’t think he’ll have any problems in the dressing room.” stated Harry Redknapp.

In February 2017 he put a curtain to his career in which he had won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one Champions League.