Frank Lampard No Longer in Running for Norwich City Job

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Frank Lampard is no longer in the running to replace Daniel Farke at Norwich City after pulling out of talks, as reported by Sami Mokbel, of the Daily Mail.

The former Chelsea boss had held talks with The Canaries but has now told them he no longer wants to be considered.

Daniel Farke was sacked last week despite a 2-1 win over Brentford and Norwich’s search for a new manager goes on.

Frank Lampard Withdraws From Norwich City Talks

Norwich City Job Not the One for Lampard

Lampard has been out of work since leaving Chelsea in January 2021. His Chelsea side, under the guidance of new boss Thomas Tuchel, went on to win the Champions League just months later.

The former Blues midfielder had a positive spell at Derby County before taking the job at Stamford Bridge, reaching the play-offs with the now-financially struggling Rams, who are now led by another ex-England star in Wayne Rooney.

He took the Chelsea job, unable to sign players due to an ongoing transfer ban, and impressively qualified for the Champions League. However, with the talent at his disposal and the expectations at Chelsea, he didn’t last much longer in the following season.

Lampard is sure to want to get into management and prove himself once again, but it won’t be with 20th placed Norwich City.

Dean Smith Now a Leading Contender

According to BBC Sport, Norwich have also held talks with Dean Smith, who was recently sacked by Aston Villa and replaced by Steven Gerrard. Smith is on a break in the United States but is understood to have spoken to the club beforehand.

Sami Mokbel’s report in the Daily Mail adds that Lampard pulling out of talks could open up the pathway for Dean Smith to emerge as a leading candidate.

Smith could be a relatively safe appointment for Norwich, who must surely be prepared to allow some leeway for any potential relegation this season with next season the most important, if they are to be relegated once again.

Farke’s Norwich had never looked like staying in the Premier League and The Canaries must shift their focus to being able to make staying in the top flight a real possibility.

Smith kept Aston Villa up when it seemed unlikely at times a couple of season’s ago, also guiding them to promotion before that.

 

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