Exclusive: Lampard snubbed as key ally rejects Chelsea move
EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Shay Given has snubbed Frank Lampard by rejecting the chance to follow him from Derby County to Chelsea, Football Insider can reveal.
Given, who joined Lampard’s backroom staff when he was appointed Derby manager last June, has decided not to make the move to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard is set to be appointed the new Chelsea manager in the next 24 hours after agreeing a contract, and the terms of a compensation deal were thrashed out with Derby.
A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that Jody Morris, the former Chelsea midfielder and coach, and Chris Jones will join Lampard in making the move from Pride Park.
But Given, who is the Derby goalkeeping coach, has decided to stay put and that will be a blow to Lampard as he assembles his backroom staff in west London.
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The Derby post is the 43-year-old’s first in coaching since ending his playing career in April of last year, a day after his 42nd birthday.
The former Republic of Ireland international had a glittering playing career, most notably during a 12-year spell at Newcastle United, while he also played for Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Stoke City.
He earned 134 caps during a 20-year international career, during which he appeared at the 2002 World Cup and 2012 European Championships.