|Full name||Franco Lerda|
|Date of birth||19 August 1967|
|Place of birth||Fossano, Italy|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Lerda began his career with the Torino youth system, at the age of 16, joining the first team during the 1985–86 season. He made his professional debut with the club on 6 November 1985, coming on for Júnior in Torino's 3–1 defeat to Hajduk in the return leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Cup. He made his Serie A debut on 24 November, in a 4–1 home win over Pisa, coming on for Schachner. He remained with the club for two seasons, collecting 19 appearances, and scoring 1 goal. He subsequently played in the lower divisions with Messina, Taranto, Triestina (in Serie B), Chievo Verona (in Serie C1), Cesena, and Brescia (in Serie B once again). He helped Brescia to earn Serie A promotion during the 1993–94 Serie B season, also winning the Anglo-Italian Cup with the club in 1994.
The following season, after making 2 appearances with Brescia, he moved to Napoli, without being able to find the net, and subsequently returning to Brescia for the 1995–96 Serie B season. He later spent a season and a half with Serie C1 side Atletico Catania, narrowly missing out on Serie B promotion. He ended his career after playing with Alessandria in Serie C2, Cuneo and Canavese, in Serie D, and finally, with Saluzzo, in the Piedmont Eccellenza League, retiring at the conclusion of the 2003–04 season.
On 19 November 1986, Lerda made his debut for the Italy national under-21 football team, in a 1–1 home draw against Switzerland. He scored his first goal for the Italy under-21 side on 11 February 1987, in a 2–1 away win over Portugal; these were his only two appearances for the under-21 side.
Lerda had been manager of a few clubs in lower divisions. In June 2010, he became manager of Torino F.C.
On 9 March 2011, he was sacked by the Torino board and replaced by Giuseppe Papadopulo. However, eleven days later Papadopulo was sacked and Lerda was reinstated as manager. On 29 May 2011, he was once again sacked following the club's failure to secure a spot in the Serie A-playoffs.
- Anglo-Italian Cup: 1993–94
- Albanian Supercup: 2018–19
- Giovanni Cimino (20 November 2009). "La carriera di Franco Lerda: prima bomber, poi uomo delle imprese impossibili" [Franco Lerda's career: first a striker, then the man of the impossible accomplishments] (in Italian). Tutto Reggina. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- "Nazionale in cifre: Lerda, Franco" (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- Franco Lerda ha firmato, ora è ufficiale
- Papadopulo è il nuovo tecnico del Torino Archived 2011-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Esonerato Giuseppe Papadopulo Archived 2011-03-23 at the Wayback Machine
- Torino appoint former Bari coach Giampiero Ventura
- Il Lecce di Tesoro a Franco Lerda. L'ex granata pronto per la panchina
- Lecce, esonerato Franco Lerda (in Italian)
- "LCalciomercato Lecce, esonerato Lerda: Pagliari il nuovo tecnico (in Italian)". Archived from the original on 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
- "Franco Lerda è il nuovo allenatore" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 15 March 2016. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
- "FRANCO LERDA NUOVO ALLENATORE DEL VICENZA" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 26 March 2018. Archived from the original on 28 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.