Derby County have appointed ex-Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year deal.
Lampard, taking on his first managerial role, was one of 20 applicants for the job and becomes Derby’s seventh appointment in just over three years.
He replaces Gary Rowett as boss of the Championship club after he left to take charge at Stoke City.
The 39-year-old, capped 106 times by England, made 649 appearances for Chelsea and is their record goalscorer.
Derby finished sixth in the second tier last season but lost in the play-off semi-finals to Fulham and have been without a manager since Rowett’s departure on 22 May.
“I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity,” said Lampard.
“I have spent considerable time discussing the role and the club’s objectives with the chairman and board members.
“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.”