Frank Lampard has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award for the first time following an impressive set of results in October.
Derby remained unbeaten during the month and Lampard saw his side rise into the divisions play-off places.
Following consecutive 1-1 draws against in-form sides Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers at the start of the month, the Rams hit back after the international break with three positive results against teams also challenging for promotion.
Jack Marriotts superb second-half finish against league leaders Sheffield United secured all three points in a 2-1 success at Pride Park Stadium whilst four days later, Lampards side struck four past West Bromwich Albion in a convincing 4-1 victory at the Hawthorns.
The Rams finished the month with a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium against Middlesbrough. A George Friend own goal had put Lampards side ahead, but with five minutes remaining defender Jayden Bogle put through his own net.
Lampard has been nominated alongside Garry Monk (Birmingham City), Neil Harris (Millwall) and Steve McClaren (Queens Park Rangers), and the winner will be announced on Friday 9th November.
The judging panel comprises former Derby County manager George Burley, Sky Sports EFL League expert Don Goodman; EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, League Managers Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL Trader Mikey Mumford.
Frank Lampard’s Derby County side have been on an excellent run of form in recent weeks, and the Rams now occupy one of the play-off places as they mount their challenge for promotion to the Premier League this season.
Derby have recently been linked with the potential high-profile signing of Chelsea youngster, Ethan Ampadu, who is rumoured to be available on a loan deal in January.
Ampadu is yet to make a competitive appearance for Chelsea this season but has featured on seven occasions last season for the Blues.
But he is seemingly out of favour with Maurizio Sarri and he could be tempted to follow in the footsteps of fellow Chelsea youngsters, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori in January when the transfer window reopens.
But which players could Ampadu potentially replace in the Derby starting XI if he was to sign with Lampard’s side?
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