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Derby grants discussion with Lampard as he inches closer to be Chelsea Manager

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Chelsea has been given permission to speak to Derby County manager,  Frank Lampard about their vacant manager’s job.

41-year-old Lampard was at Stamford Bridge for 13 years as a Chelsea player and would replace Maurizio Sarri, who has joined Juventus after one season at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League side would have to pay the Rams about £4m if they appoint Lampard.

“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs, it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions.

“The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so,”  a Derby statement read.

Lampard started his managerial career last season, leading the Rams to the Championship play-off final where they lost to Aston Villa.

The former England midfielder made 648 Chelsea appearances, winning 11 major trophies, which includes UEFA Champions League and Europa Cup.

With Chelsea slammed with a transfer embargo for a two-window transfer ban by the world governing body Fifa , the former player could have a task in his hands.

But the London club is appealing against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Lampard’s profile

After joining Chelsea from boyhood club West Ham for a fee of £11m in 2001, Lampard won a Champions League and a Europa League at the club, while also helping them to win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.

During the 2004-05 season, Chelsea’ won their first in half a century and Lampard scored 13 league goals that season, included both in a 2-0 victory at Bolton that sealed the top-flight crown.

He scored 10 or more Premier League goals in 10 successive seasons for Chelsea and is the club’s all-time record goalscorer with 211.

He left in June 2014, hed to the US before being signed on loan by Manchester City, where he scored six goals in 32 appearances.

He then joined New York City in Major League Soccer in the US, making his debut in August 2015, before ending his 21-year professional playing career in 2017.

Lampard played for the English national team 106 times after making his international debut in 1999 and went on to score 29 goals for the Three Lions, with appearances in three World Cups and one European Championships.

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Ruiz hit me so hard that I couldn’t remember where he was – Anthony Joshua

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Former world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has revealed that his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr had been predicted five years ago by his uncle.

The Mexican boxer caused an upset king by knocking out the Nigerian-born boxer four times New York on June 1 before referee Mike Griffin eventually waved the fight off before the end of the seventh round.

Joshua who had vowed to bounce back after he was dethroned by the 25-1 outsider which was described as the biggest shocks in boxing history.

It could be recalled that in 2014, AJ’s uncle predicted that Ruiz Jr would cause a stir in the heavyweight division.

“I remember years ago my uncle wrote out a list of all the heavyweights and next to Andy Ruiz Jr he wrote ‘upset king’ believe it or not.

“This was around 2014 he gave me that list,” He said on his YouTube channel.

The British boxer also claimed that he got hit so hard during the fight that he did not know where he was.

“I couldn’t even really remember where I was at the time but I just knew that I was in for a fight.

“I knew that I should be here [on the canvas], so I just got to my feet and we went again.

“Ruiz done well, hit me with a good shot and I just couldn’t recover from it and that was it.”

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Pinnick’s tenure as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed – NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has stated that the tenure of its president, Amaju Pinnick, as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed.

Congolese Omari Constant has reportedly replaced Pinnick as the Confederation of African Football 1st vice president while Mauritania FA boss, Fouzi Lekjaa and South Africa’s Danny Jordaan are now the 2nd and 3rd vice presidents of the continent’s football governing body respectively.

A statement from the NFF Communications Department said Pinnick’s tenure as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed by Ahmad after it expired on Thursday, due to “fundamental differences on focus and direction.”

“The term of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick as the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football along with that of the 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents expired today,” the statement read.

“In line with Article 22(4) of the CAF Statutes, every two years when elections are held at the CAF Congress (as took place on Thursday), the CAF Executive Committee on the proposal of the CAF president, elects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd vice president respectively from among its members.

This means that the renewal of Pinnick’s tenure was not proposed by the CAF president because of fundamental differences on focus and direction.

“It has however been an excellent opportunity to serve as the number two football administrator in the entire African continent and my commitment to the game is perpetual while my support for my colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast. I congratulate, Omari, Lekja and Danny on the assumption of their new roles as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice CAF Presidents respectively,” Pinnick was quoted as saying in the statement.

Recall that the NFF president replaced former Ghana FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, as CAF’s 1st Vice President in June 2018, following a FIFA ban to Nyantakyi, over a corruption case.

It was gathered that the decision not to renew Pinnick’s tenure was reportedly taken at the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Cairo on Thursday, on the eve of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

According to reports, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, who replaced longest-serving Issa Hayatou in 2017, no longer have the support of Pinnick, who played a key role in his emergence as the new head of the continental football body.

The relationship of the duo had been frosty since the Nigerian became the vice president, with Pinnick’s decision to walk out of a controversial vote to order for a replay of the 2019 CAF Champions League final, believed to be the final straw that broke the camel’s back.

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