Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and assistant Jody Morris set to part ways ahead of their expected returns to football… with close friends of 20 years ready to take up new coaching roles separately
- Frank Lampard and Jody Morris led Chelsea’s coaching staff before their axing
- Sportsmail understands they are set to part ways ahead of their football returns
- The duo have been friends for 20 years, having played and worked together
- Neither are definitively closing the door on combining once again in the future
Frank Lampard and Jody Morris are set to part ways ahead of their anticipated returns to football.
Sportsmail understands the duo are open to accepting positions independent of each other, though neither are definitively closing the door on combining again under the right circumstances.
The pair have been close friends for almost 20 years, having played together at Chelsea during the early 2000s and continuing that relationship into their coaching careers.
Frank Lampard (left) and Jody Morris (right) are expected to part ways ahead of their returns
Following his appointment as Derby head coach in 2018, Lampard handed Morris, who was an academy coach at Chelsea at the time, his first senior role appointing the 42-year-old as his assistant.
Led by Lampard, the pair took the Rams to the brink of Premier League promotion despite working to a tight budget; the team losing to Aston Villa in the 2019 play-off final.
Following his emotional return to Chelsea following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus later that summer, Lampard, who is idolised by Blues fans, brought Morris with him to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard had brought close friend Morris (right) with him to Chelsea after being given the job
The pair strengthened their reputations during Blues legend Lampard’s excellent first season in charge at Chelsea, securing a top-four finish and leading the club to an FA Cup final despite working under a transfer embargo and losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
The pair, however, currently find themselves out of work following Lampard’s departure in January.
Despite his dismissal, Lampard heads into the close season as one of the most highly sought after available managers, with Crystal Palace among the clubs interested in the former England international.
Lampard heads into the close season as one of the most sought after managers on the market
Bournemouth, who have missed out on a return to the Premier League, also have a long-standing interest in Lampard.
Similarly, Morris is also known to be interesting a number of clubs, potentially as a No 1.
But it is expected that the pair will continue their careers, at least in the short-term, separately.
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