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Sources: Chelsea set to confirm Lampard move

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop sees Derby County boss Frank Lampard taking the helm at his former club Chelsea as only a short term fix for the London club.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley lists the reasons why Frank Lampard would have a difficult time as Chelsea manager should he be appointed to replace the outgoing Maurizio Sarri.
Gab Marcotti feels Chelsea have a big mountain to climb next season, but isn't panicking just yet due to promising younger talent.

Chelsea expect to finalise the appointment of Frank Lampard as their new manager next week, sources have told ESPN FC.

Lampard has been identified by club owner Roman Abramovich as the preferred choice to take over from Maurizio Sarri, unveiled as the new Juventus coach on Thursday.

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Chelsea are prepared to pay the £4 million needed to release Lampard from his contract with Derby, but the Championship club's desire...

2019-20 EFL Championship fixtures in full

Leeds United just missed out on automatic promotion last season.

Check out the full fixture list for the 2019-20 Championship season. All fixtures will be subject to change for television coverage, to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

You can watch selected EFL Championship matches live on ESPN+ throughout the season.

August 2, 2019
Luton Town v Middlesbrough

August 3, 2019
Barnsley v Fulham
Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic
Brentford v Birmingham City
Millwall v Preston North End
Nottingham Forest v West Bromwich Albion
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday
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Sources: Chelsea to offer Lampard 3-year deal

ESPN FC's Craig Burley lists the reasons why Frank Lampard would have a difficult time as Chelsea manager should he be appointed to replace the outgoing Maurizio Sarri.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti questions whether Maurizio Sarri will be able to implement "Sarri-ball" at Juventus, after leaving Chelsea for the Italian club.
Gab Marcotti feels Chelsea have a big mountain to climb next season, but isn't panicking just yet due to promising younger talent.

LONDON -- Chelsea will make a formal approach to Derby County for manager Frank Lampard this week and want to offer their former midfielder a three-year contract to succeed Maurizio Sarri, sources have told ESPN FC.

Sarri's departure to take over at Juventus was confirmed Sunday, with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia having said the 60-year-old had asked to be allowed to return to Italy to be closer to his family and friends.

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EFL to use NFL's 'Rooney Rule' in English football

Steve Nicol says that Dean Smith's ability to come in and stabilize Aston Villa's form is the main reason the club has earned Premier League promotion.
Aston Villa are back in the Premier League after a three-year absence thanks to a 2-1 win over Frank Lampard's Derby County at Wembley Stadium.

England Football League (EFL) clubs will interview at least one Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidate for any first-team managerial position from now on to improve equality in the sport.

Friday's announcement comes on the back of an 18-month trial period, with the EFL clubs voluntarily committing to interview at least one BAME candidate as part of their recruitment process.

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Man Utd to sign James from Swansea for £15m

With Paul Pogba linked with a return to Juventus and no players signed yet this summer, ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says Manchester United need to up their game in the transfer market.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop brushes aside Diego Maradona's reported interest in managing Manchester United as nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Steve Nicol feels James Maddison could walk into just about any team in the Premier League after his impressive first year with Leicester City.

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign winger Daniel James from Swansea.

The 21-year-old will move to Old Trafford for a fee of around £15 million, potentially rising to around £22m, to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing of the summer.

"Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed, in principle, terms with both Swansea City and Daniel James for his transfer to the club," a United statement read.

"Daniel has successfully completed a medical at the Aon Training...