Frank Lampard and Derby remain optimistic of deal

Chelsea and England former football player Frank Lampard gestures to the fans on the pitch at half-time during the English Premier League football match
Image: Frank Lampard confirmed he is in talks with Derby on Saturday

Derby and Frank Lampard remain in talks over the vacant manager's job with both parties optimistic a deal can be reached, Sky Sports News understands.

The Rams have been searching for a new manager since the departure of Gary Rowett to Sky Bet Championship rivals Stoke last week.

Sky Sports News understands a number of contractual issues still need to be addressed, but Lampard and Derby are keen to get the deal done.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett during the Championship match at Deepdale on April 2, 2018
Image: Manager Gary Rowett left Derby for Stoke last week

Jody Morris, who has led Chelsea's U18s to the FA Youth Cup in successive seasons, is expected to join Lampard as part of his coaching staff at Pride Park.

Lampard confirmed on Saturday that he was in talks with Derby over becoming the club's new boss, with the 39-year-old keen to take his first steps into management.

Chelsea's Champions League win in 2012 meant Tottenham didn't qualify
Image: Lampard enjoyed a trophy-laden playing career, which included winning the Champions League in 2012

The former Chelsea, West Ham and England midfielder was also interviewed twice for the vacant managerial position at Ipswich.

Lampard - capped 106 times by England - enjoyed a trophy-laden playing career winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.

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Derby ended the 2017/18 campaign in sixth place, but failed to gain promotion via the play-offs, losing to Fulham in the semi-finals.

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