FRANK LAMPARD will be appointed Chelsea boss after a dramatic day at Stamford Bridge.
And he wants club legend Didier Drogba as part of his backroom staff.
SunSport can reveal Maurizio Sarri turned down an 11th-hour plea to stay after saying he felt “violated” by abusive fans.
Sarri has quit for Italian giants Juventus and Chelsea will use £4million of the £7m compensation to free Lampard from his Derby contract.
He will bring in trusted lieutenant Jody Morris as assistant. He is also talking to Drogba about a role as striker coach and wants Shay Given from Derby as goalkeeper coach.
But there is no place for his former skipper John Terry — coach at promoted Aston Villa — in Chelsea’s new set-up.
Lampard, 40, is understood to have held talks with owner Roman Abramovich before agreeing to take the job.
But he has to resolve the issue over Sarri’s No 2 Gianfranco Zola. The Italian has told friends he will not accept a demotion.
Lampard will satisfy Premier League rules this summer when he is granted his ProLicence.
LAMPS’ BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS
Lampard’s close friends insist he is “fearless” and looking forward to his dream return to Chelsea.
The 40-year-old, who played 13 years at Stamford Bridge is the club’s record scorer with 211.
He also owes a debt of gratitude to incoming sporting director Petr Cech who lobbied Abramovich and CEO Marina Granovskaia to hire him.
Drogba recently told Chelsea fans that Lamps was ready to take charge of the club after just missing out on guiding the Rams to the top flight.
Drogba had lunch with Lampard this week and he believes his pal has shown he has the ability to manage at the Premier League level during one season at Derby.
The Ivory Coast striker, a close confidante of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, said: “Frank has done well with Derby, you know, taking the team to the play-off final.
“I think it is a very good option for the club.
Adapted from The Sun UK