The future of Frank Lampard takes surprise twist as new favourites emerge for one Premier League club with the bookies odds ever changing.
The former footballer turned manager has made a surprise U-turn by reportedly withdrawing from the race to become the next Crystal Palace manager.
Lampard has been out of work since Chelsea sacked him in January, however, it looked likely he wouldn’t have to wait long to get back into the management game and like various jobs this season, he has been named as the favourite to takeover.
There will be a vacancy at Crystal Palace this summer after Roy Hodgson’s emotional departure, and Lampard immediately was top of the Sky Bet’s market for their new boss.
The chance to manage another Premier League club seemed like one Lampard would consider taking. Talks have been ongoing and there were even reports he had picked out his first signing.
Now there’s a surprise twist, according to reliable Football Insider, Lampard has pulled out of the running for the Selhurst Park job.
The website claims Lampard sees the rebuilding job at Palace as too big. So much so, he is fearful of being involved in a relegation battle.
With many Palace players out of contract this summer, they would need to find a lot of reinforcements, and it would seem Lampard ain’t prepared to be responsible for such mega decision making, should he get it wrong, he could be in trouble quick, something he doesn’t want on his CV.
Palace would have been hoping that someone like Lampard could help them avoid that. Though it seems he will be considering different options instead.
According to Sky Sports, West Brom could be an option for his next role after previously impressing in the second tier of English football. Sam Allardyce will be leaving following their relegation and the Baggies could keep Lampard in mind.
He has told the Daily Mirror that he wouldn’t mind dropping into the Championship if it was the right opportunity.
“It’s something I love doing, I love working in management, even more than I thought I would do,” he said this week.
“I would take a view on going into the Championship.
“If it was the right club, the right project for sure. I don’t have an ego where I feel just because I’ve managed in the Champions League, that’s the be all and end all. My year at Derby was such an enjoyable year.”
Though West Brom are said to be looking at Chris Wilder, but would he want to manage in the Championship again? Does he feel he’s still good enough for the Prem?
Football Insider add that a more likely candidate for the Palace job is Valerien Ismael, who has guided Barnsley into the Championship playoffs this season. Palace director of football Dougie Freedman rates him and has suggested him as an option.
Ismael used to play for Palace and his achievements this season have shown what he could do as a manager, though it all depends whether the Tykes can win promotion or not.
Eagles owner Steve Parish preferred Lampard, so it remains to be seen what course of action they will take.
WOLVES NEXT MANAGER ODDS:
Bruno Lage – 10/11
Paulo Fonseca – 7/2
Sérgio Conceição – 6/1
Frank Lampard – 9/1
Rafa Benitez – 12/1
Julien Lopetegui – 14/1
CRYSTAL PALACE NEXT MANAGER ODDS:
Frank Lampard – 11/8
Steve Cooper – 3/1
Eddie Howe – 7/2
Sean Dyche – 5/1
Chris Wilder – 8/1
Valerin Ismael – 18/1
WEST BROM NEXT MANAGER ODDS:
Chris Wilder – 5/6
Karl Robinson – 5/2
Frank Lampard – 8/1
John Terry – 10/1
Michael Appleton – 12/1
Derek McInnes – 20/1
SHEFF UTD NEXT MANAGER ODDS:
Slavisa Jokanovic – 4/6
Paul Heckingbottom – 4/1
Alexander Blessin – 7/1
Philippe Clement – 8/1
Michel Der Zakarian – 10/1
Chris Wilder – 16/1
Fans reacted as Frank Lampard sees his future takes a surprise twist, see what Twitter used had to say…
@jasonCPFCboxall: Ahhhh fuck it who we getting then
@danofthesouth_: If true, I can’t say I’m gutted
@MarkDre44138040: West Brom incoming for Lampard
@Mikerowson1Mike: With Zaha likely off, Eze out long term and 10+ players out of contract, why would anyone good even consider the job. Especially with lack of transfer funds too
@DannyTheGit: Because you could properly build your own squad and put your mark on it straight away. I reckon it’s a perfect situation. Rather than having to inherit a bunch of players you don’t want.
@RentfreeDaily: Man saw he was gonna have to deal with his brightest young talent coming back from an Achilles again and said #nah
@J_CPFC: Eze got injured and Lampard said no
@CurtisSCFC: Does he think he’s getting better lol
@MarkinCHS: I’ll do it, but I want everyone to know that I’m going to demand excellence from everyone – from the groundskeeper to the goalkeeper. If you want to play in Europe, pick me…
@JosipIIicic: The fact that he thinks he’s too big for the job when in reality he’s nowhere near qualified enough once again shows that his ego is way too big to be a successful manager
@JonathanPratt_: Get him down the Baggies
@young_son: Dodged a Bullet this is a huge rebuilding job at Palace there’s nothing g in his record to show he’d be capable of this
@cpfcboiling: Fine. Get Dyche or Sam in.
@ScuderiaLTG: He’s probably realised that he’s a terrible manager
A) Doubt he was in the race because he’s an awful manager
B) If he has pulled out then what is his level? He’s not a top level manager and a club like Palace is surely what he should be targeting.
I don’t see him managing outside of England so where else does he go?
Get big Val in pic.twitter.com/cT1UoGma8K
— aman (@amancpfc) May 20, 2021
— Fin (@CarefreeFin) May 20, 2021