In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, former Blues defender and assistant manager Steve Clarke looks set to become the next Scotland manager, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard enjoys the last laugh after Derby County beat Leeds in the Championship play-offs and Aston Villa fans want assistant coach John Terry to don a full kit if their side win the play-off final.
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Clarke favourite for Scotland job
The Guardian is reporting that Chelsea legend Steve Clarke is the leading candidate to become the new national manager of Scotland as the Scottish FA seek a full-time successor to Alex McLeish, who left the post last month.
Clarke, who played 421 games for the Blues from 1987 to 1998 and was later our assistant manager under Jose Mourinho, has emerged as the favourite for the national team role after reviving the fortunes of Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.
Killie were struggling at the foot of the Premiership table before Clarke took charge in October 2017 and led them to fifth place. He was recently named the PFA Scotland manager of the year and could see his side finish third in this campaign and secure a place in the Europa League if they win their final game against Rangers this weekend.
According to the report, the 55-year-old is the front-runner for the role, ahead of Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill.
McLeish left in April, shortly after Scotland lost 3-0 at Kazakhstan in their opening match of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Lampard and Derby celebrate at expense of Leeds
After being taunted by Leeds United fans over his Chelsea connections and a spying incident earlier this season, Frank Lampard and his Derby County side enjoyed their revenge in some style on Wednesday after they won 4-2 at Elland Road to reach the Championship play-off final.
There had been tension between the two clubs since an incident earlier this season, when Lampard reacted unhappily after Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa sent a club employee to spy on a Derby training session ahead of a game between the clubs.
Leeds fans subsequently mocked the Blues legend with a chant which told him to ‘stop crying’ when they beat Derby 1-0 at Pride Park last Saturday for their third consecutive win against the Rams this season.
However, after Derby turned the tables in the return game in Yorkshire, Lampard and his players took the opportunity to poke fun at the Leeds supporters by singing the same song in their dressing room celebrations on a video shared on the club’s official Twitter account.
According to the Guardian, the Derby players also celebrated the win in front of their fans by holding their hands in front of their eyes in the shape of binoculars, a clear reference to the spying incident.
Adding to the spying theme, Chelsea loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori looked ahead to their upcoming trip to Wembley by posting the same message on Twitter: ‘I spy with my little eye, something beginning with W.’
Villa fans hope JT goes ‘Full John Terry’
Derby County won’t be the only team in the Championship play-off final with a Chelsea legend on their staff, as Aston Villa will have assistant coach John Terry seated on the other bench when the teams meet at Wembley on 27 May.
And according to the BBC, some Villa fans are hoping the former Blues skipper will go ‘full John Terry’ if their side manage to beat the Rams and secure their return to the top flight for the first time since 2016.
Terry was mocked by rival fans and critics for wearing a full Chelsea playing kit when lifting the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League the following year, despite missing both finals, but Villa fans felt somewhat let down when he did not do the same after their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday
In an amusing report, the BBC highlighted some of the tongue-in-cheek tweets from ‘disappointed’ fans’ after the game.
‘Can’t quite believe I’ve just watched Aston Villa win on penalties and they haven’t managed to get John Terry a full kit in time to join the celebrations,’ wrote one user.
Terry did strip off his club jacket to reveal he was wearing a Villa training shirt underneath, but some fans are hoping he will do more if Villa are victorious at Wembley.
‘If Villa win the playoff final and John Terry doesn’t rip off his tracksuit to reveal a full kit despite being retired what’s the point,’ quipped another user.