According to the Daily Mail, Derby County will target another young coach again if Frank Lampard leaves.
Lampard, the current Derby manager, is heavily linked with the vacant Chelsea job. The Rams gave permission to the Blues to approach the former midfielder for the job on Tuesday.
The Daily Mail claims Derby have begun the search for Lampard’s replacement. It seems the Midlands club are resigned to losing their manager in a deal which would pocket them £4 million in compensation.
Derby gave Lampard, 41, his big break in management. And now they are reportedly looking to replace him with another young manager, with the following four names listed as candidates.
The former Swansea City manager is without a club. Birmingham City recently sacked Monk in a move which surprised most in the Championship.
Monk has a mixed record. He initially did well at Swansea, guiding them to their highest ever Premier League finish. He also did well at Leeds United, before leaving them to join Middlesbrough.
At Boro, however, the 40-year-old spent big sums and underperformed. Boro sacked Monk shortly into his tenure at the Riverside Stadium. Then, he lasted just 15 months at Birmingham.
The former Derby County defender is another reported potential candidate. West Bromwich Albion offered Moore then full-time job after initially taking over as caretaker manager.
The 45-year-old, however, didn’t last a full season at the Hawthorns. West Brom sacked him while the Baggies were fourth in the Championship table. It was another surprise move.
Eustace is another former Derby midfielder, playing under Nigel Clough and Steve McClaren. The 39-year-old retired after the Rams released him in 2015.
After a short spell at Kidderminster Harriers as manager, Eustace reunited with McClaren at QPR as his number two. McClaren, however, was sacked in March leaving Eustace in caretaker charge for the final seven games.
The former midfielder’s record reads played seven, won two, drawn one, lost four.
Arguably the biggest surprise on the list is Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes. The 47-year-old has been in charge of Aberdeen since 2013, having a spell at Bristol City before that.
McInnes holds a 56% win ratio in the Scottish Premiership. It is claimed Mel Morris has been impressed with his work on Derby’s Max Lowe who spent last season on loan at Pittodrie.
Graeme Shinnie, who is joining Derby from Aberdeen this summer, is another who could vouch for McInnes.