Frank Lampard is reportedly keen on a return to the Championship with a club in mind and could be set for an interview with them.
The former footballer is one of the names on West Bromwich Albion’s shortlist as the club continues their search for a new boss, the Express & Star understands.
As we know, the Baggies are on the hunt for a new head coach after Sam Allardyce decided to leave The Hawthorns.
One man known to be interesting the club’s hierarchy is former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, something that has been well publicised.
Though the Express & Star understands Lampard is another manager on the club’s shortlist with it now likely the ex-Chelsea boss will be interviewed for the role.
The 42-year-old is also believed to be a contender for the vacant manager’s job at Crystal Palace. However in an interview published last week, Lampard – who has previously managed Derby – confirmed he is open to working in the second tier of English football once again.
“It’s something I love doing, I love working in management, even more than I thought I would do. 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,” stated the best Chelsea scorer of all time.
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Lampard can watch Chelsea and his former players compete in the Champions League final on May 29th. While the German manager who replaced him, Thomas Tuchel, gave his thanks to Lampard for making the knockout round a possibility in the first place by passing the group stage.
“I appreciated his words last week. I was pleased to hear them because I think it’s right. I’m not just giving myself credit.
“But if I was in his shoes I would certainly speak like that so he’s giving me credit for the first half of the season.
“He’s taken it on and I’ll give him credit for that as well because to reach two finals and to be in contention for the top four, I know that battle from last year, we were in it last year and it’s tough battle, especially in the run-in.”
Another rumoured candidate, Oxford United boss Karl Robinson, has dismissed the links with the 40-year-old believing they stem from him working as a coach under Allardyce at Blackburn. Big Sam has given the Baggies his thoughts on who he believes should be the club’s next boss.
“It’s probably because me and Sam worked together for two years,” Robinson said on the links.
“I don’t really have the energy to talk about any other job.
“I’ve got a long-term contract here.”
SKY BET ODDS:
Chris Wilder – 2/5
Frank Lampard – 6/1
Karl Robinson – 10/1
Michael Appleton – 12/1
John Terry – 16/1
Steve Cooper – 20/1
Fans gave their reaction with Frank Lampard keen on a return to the Championship with a club in mind…
@Yo_Commander: Impressed by the job he did with Chelsea’s youngsters. I’d like to see Dowling put in place a strategy where we buy good, young players (as well as bringing through the Academy lads) and install a coach that supports that longer term approach. Lampard would fit that profile.
@BaggiesTotal: I think his personal ambition will outgrow that of the clubs and he will move on before the jobs finished
@Carpenterdf: I like Frank. This he’s done a decent job so far, and will become a good manager. My big concern is that the team would end up stuffed full of Chelsea and other club young loanees – and we’ve seen how a team of loans is not a long term option
@GazPodmorePT: Leaning more towards Lampard then Wilder personally, did well with derby on a budget and at Chelsea under the transfer embargo, would like to see the club go for a younger manager on a long term plan but we know that never works out these days.
@Alan4NewportSal: Would raise our profile that’s for sure. Might be able to teach midfielders how to shoot!
@br1cktop81: Young ambitious English. I’d be happy with that. Hopefully learned a few lessons in his time at chelski. Think that job came too soon for him in my opinion.
@Dominic_s_Cox: I don’t wanna become ‘Frank Lampard’s West Bromwich Albion’ tbh.
@ClorleySteven: Love how people are acting like we are too good for Lampard Rolling on the floor laughing. He had a fantastic season with Chelsea under a transfer embargo. Give your heads a wobble and thank your lucky stars Alan Irvine and Pardew aren’t the front runners for the job
@DanNash86: Well said. Everyone loves to point out the bad times a manager’s had when linked with us. There’s absolutely no consideration that these managers may have reflected on their mistakes and learned from them. This is why experience matters.
@whitfield_phil: Tonight on sky it’s Wayne Rooney Derby v Frank Lampards WBA
@BenLeviWood: If he comes with a few of the better Chelsea youth players on loan (à la Derby), then he is probably one of the best options to go straight back up tbf
@JamesHamiltonGK: Lampard was a brilliant player. Not sure about him as a manager, especially tactically and defensively. Can see it being like under Moore , conceding too many for a team challenging for promotion.
@JDWBA2: Would love him here. Probably could convince Gallagher to come back (Would be very good in the champ) and maybe a few others from Chelsea. People forget what he did for Mount and Tomori. Did well at Derby with an average team.
@chumphreys1878: He does have a mix of championship and premier league experience which will benefit us if our goal is to achieve promotion. Good experience with the youth players and we may need to rely heavily on loans and attracting quality players. Seems a better fit than Wilder for me
@mark_goodhand: Best of the bunch for me
@darrenmchale4: He’s young and would build a good dressing room atmosphere which is always a good basis for success. Worked with some top managers definitely the one I would prefer
@JamesWBA4: Would actually like him in seeing as our transfer budget is probably gonna be hardly anything he knows good young players when he sees them a couple of great loan signings similar to what he did at Derby with Mount & Tomori
@Heathen1David: Albion unlikely to get anyone better than Frank in current circumstances. He will however need a long recovery when he sees the budgets for playing staff, transfers and manager’s salary.
@steggs67: If Lampard comes in he will bring with him hopefully Jody Morris who is a very good coach according to a Chelsea fan I know..could be a good fit to bring through our youngsters if they are as good as some are saying..any manager coming in will need time