After sacking Daniel Farke following just one win in 11 Premier League games, the hunt for a new Norwich City manager is underway. According to John Percy of the Telegraph, the Canaries are set to hold formal talks with Frank Lampard, who is a leading candidate alongside the recently-dismissed Aston Villa manager Dean Smith.
It would be an understatement to suggest that Norwich need to get the next appointment right. Their Premier League future – however unlikely it already looks – relies on it. The next appointment also represents the beginning of a new era. Farke was in charge for four years and won two Championship titles. A yo-yo club they may have been under the German, their sustainable success cannot be denied; the next man at the helm has large shoes to fill.
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Another Chance for Lampard?
Axed by Chelsea in January of this year, Lampard hasn’t stepped back into management since, despite a handful of jobs becoming available. But, as reports suggest, 10 months after departing Stamford Bridge, the midfield legend could finally step foot back inside the technical area. It will be no easy task if he does take the job, however. Norwich sit five points adrift of safety, in need of an incredible turnaround with 11 games gone.
Instant Return for Smith?
Not many managers, or people outside of football in general, have the chance to step back into employment just days after involuntarily stepping away from it. But, Smith may well be handed that exact opportunity. Sacked by Villa after five games without a win, the Englishman knows what it takes to guide a team to safety. And that instantly makes him an ideal candidate for the Norwich job.
Two candidates on the table with contrasting experience, Norwich City have a decision to make regarding the job of manager. Do they pick the experienced Smith? Or, do they hand Lampard the ultimate opportunity to prove his doubters wrong?
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