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Irish Legend Shay Given To Join Frank Lampard At Chelsea

Irish Legend Shay Given To Join Frank Lampard At Chelsea

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given will reportedly join Frank Lampard at Chelsea if the current Derby boss takes over at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Given - who boasts 134 international caps from his playing career - is currently part of Lampard's coaching team at Pride Park, serving as the Rams' goalkeeping coach, and it appears that he hopes to bring the Donegal native with him to west London.

Lampard has become the frontrunner for the vacant manager's job at Chelsea after it was confirmed that Maurizio Sarri's reign lasted just one season, with the 60-year-old heading back to Italy to take over at Juventus.

During his only experience in first team management so far, Lampard guided Derby to a sixth-placed finish in the Championship and almost saw them promoted back to the Premier League for the first time in more than ten years but they were beaten in the playoff final by Aston Villa.

With current Chelsea goalkeeping coach Massimo Nenci on his way out, Lampard will push to bring Given with him to Chelsea, though Christophe Lollichon, the head of the club's goalkeeping department, is expected to remain, according to The Telegraph.

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Given is just one of a few prominent former Ireland internationals who have moved into the coaching side of things following their retirement as a player.

It was confirmed last month that Damien Duff had been retained as part of Neil Lennon's coaching staff at Celtic following a successful first season in Glasgow which saw the former Ireland winger promoted from reserve team coach to first team coach following the departure of Brendan Rodgers for Leicester.

Meanwhile, Robbie Keane -  Ireland's all-time record goalscorer and the only man to have more Irish caps than Shay Given - joined Middlesbrough last week, where he will serve as assistant manger to new Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate.

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