CHELSEA are preparing for their second match under Frank Lampard when they take on St Patricks this afternoon.
Lampard takes over at the club where he enjoys heroic status following a successful managerial debut at Derby.
His success at Pride Park is owed much to his assistant and former team-mate Jody Morris.
The two roomed together following Lampard’s arrival in west London in 2001 and find themselves back at Stamford Bridge almost two decades later.
Lampard’s lack of experience has been questioned, but Morris recalls how the new Chelsea boss united Derby during his solitary year with the Rams.
He told Chelsea’s official website: “When Lamps, or the gaffer as I should say, signed for Chelsea originally we became really good mates.
“I roomed with him on his first pre-season trip and we’ve remained close ever since.
“We always spoke about working together if he went into management and we really enjoyed last season at Derby.
“Now we are here at Chelsea and it feels amazing.
“I’ve seen first-hand how Frank can galvanise a place, he brought the fans and the club together at Derby, and the way the place was united throughout the club was largely down to how Frank went about his way as a manager.”
Morris is already highly thought of at Chelsea’s Cobham training base following his work with the academy.
He was influential in bringing the likes of Mason Mount and Fikayo Timori to Derby 12 months ago and allowing them to flourish.
Now back at the club where he started his playing career, Morris believes he truly is “home”.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be back,” he added.
“This is my club, it’s the team I supported as a boy and I was lucky enough to go through the ranks as an eight-year-old to then play for Chelsea.
“Obviously the five years I had working in the Academy were amazing but after leaving for Derby last year, to come back now really does feel like I’ve come home.”
Morris and Lampard take their competitive bow at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the Premier League.