Lampard backs Terry for Derby job, as Rooney awaits permanent appointment

Pride Park Stadium-Derby County FC

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has backed his friend and former teammate John Terry to take succeed if given the Derby County job.

Amid links to the Derby job currently filled by Wayne Rooney at an interim level, The Blues manager has come out to declare that his former teammate who is currently assistant manager at Aston Villa has the necessary tools to thrive as a coach.

With Wayne Rooney filling in at Pride Park in the interim, talks continue to go on in the background on who will fill the role permanently. 

The former Man United striker who began as a player-coach was appointed on the interim basis alongside former England manager Steve McClaren following the sack of Phillip Cocu last month. He has since gone on to lead his team out in a 1-1 draw with Wycombe last Friday. 

However, The Rams are bottom in the EFL Championship table after 14 games, and the club are yet to decide if they can go ahead with the partnership of Rooney and McClaren.

And now Frank Lampard backed his former teammate for the job. 

The Chelsea boss who started his managerial career at Derby believes that Terry will be an ideal candidate for the club.

He told the press: “I think John is destined to be a manager. He is obviously working very well alongside Dean Smith over the last few years at Aston Villa, so would have been learning a lot,” Lampard said.

“But what John knows and his experiences in the game as a player will be huge, I know that from playing alongside him so long what he has to offer.

“I think it is a great opportunity potentially for him if true and for Derby.”