Where next for Frank Lampard after turning down Norwich City vacancy? – Talk Chelsea


Chelsea legend Frank Lampard looked set for a return to Premier League management following the sacking of Norwich City boss Daniel Farke. Lampard was immediately installed as one of the bookmakers’ favourites for the role and reports suggested he had been offered the Carrow Road vacancy. However, within hours of those stories breaking, Lampard asked not to be considered for the job, with former Aston Villa boss Dean Smith taking the reins of the Norfolk club.

At one point, Lampard was priced as low as 1/25 to be named the new Norwich City manager, so it was something of an about turn to see Smith appointed a few days later.

When it comes to having a flutter on the Manager Specials betting markets, the leading football tipsters and handicappers will tell you that it’s all about finding the best value odds. Given the significant science behind making predictions in the world of football today, those that do make money from the Next Manager markets are those that tend to predict or forecast potential clubs and managers that are well-suited. This may be based on their experience, availability or compatible playing ethos.

With that in mind, let’s consider four potential clubs that could tick all the right boxes for Frank Lampard in the next chapter of his managerial journey.

Watford

Although veteran Italian boss Claudio Ranieri has only been in the Vicarage Road hot seat for less than a month, he is already second favourite to be the next manager fired in the Premier League. Such is the volatile nature of the club’s owners, the Pozzo family, who see no issue with changing their head coach every six months. If Ranieri does get the boot, Lampard could see the Hornets job as a low-risk opportunity to try and keep the North London club in the top-flight – a feat that would surely earn him a bigger job further down the line. It would be a similar job to the one offered to him at Norwich.

Brentford

There is no doubting the impressive job that Danish head coach Thomas Frank has done at Brentford. The Bees are in the top-flight and started in red-hot fashion, defeating London neighbours Arsenal on the opening day. However, four successive defeats – including their most recent loss to fellow relegation rivals Norwich – have started to raise the pressure on him. It wouldn’t be the first time to see a newly promoted side dispense with their manager’s services in a panic to try and change their fortunes. Lampard would surely find it hard to turn down another ambitious, forward-thinking West London club.

Queens Park Rangers

Speaking of West London clubs, QPR are another side that could enter Lampard’s thoughts. Reports suggested earlier this year that Rangers boss Mark Warburton was set to depart to take over as assistant technical director at the FA. These rumours were vehemently denied by both parties, but there is often no smoke without fire with these stories. Lampard has admitted he would be prepared to take a Championship job if the right opportunity arose. Like his last Championship club, Derby County, QPR is another former top-flight club that is on the cusp of being promotion contenders once again. The location and talented squad of young players would certainly appeal to Lampard.

New York City FC

During the twilight of his playing days, Frank Lampard spent his final season playing in America’s Major League Soccer (MLS) for New York City FC. During his time with the Bronx Blues, he scored 15 goals in 29 appearances, which was a stunning average for a player aged 37. Lampard guided New York City to the Eastern Conference semi-final playoffs but lost convincingly to Toronto FC. Lampard may feel there is unfinished business in the Big Apple, with current head coach Ronny Deila by no means pulling up any trees. They are currently just four points away from missing out on the Final series playoffs, which could be the green light for Lampard to come in and breathe new life into the franchise.





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