Next Ipswich Town Manager Search: Frank Lampard emerges as serious challenger to Jack Ross

by Jack Kitson / 18 May 2018, 22:06

Just when Ipswich Town looked to be on the verge of appointing Jack Ross as their new manager, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard burst into the frame and threw a managerial spanner in the works.

The Independent Ipswich Town website, TWTD, reports that the 39-year-old has in fact already been interviewed for the Championship vacancy as he steps up his bid to follow Steven Gerrard into the managerial arena.

The website also reveals that Ipswich owner Marcus Evans has been left impressed by Lampard, who now looks to be in a two-horse race with St Mirren manager Ross, after bookmakers cut his odds from 20/1 to just 3/1 on Friday.

Earlier in the week Ross was as short as 1/10 to travel south of the border down to Suffolk, although the latest twist in the search for Mick McCarthy's successor could well change things.

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The Tractor Boys are also believed to be keen on speaking to Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst (4/1), although this won't be possible until after the League One play-off final, which doesn't take place until Sunday 27th May, making an appointment unlikely, but not out of the question.

Lampard has long been linked with a move into the dugout, but up until now has appeared quite content in his role as a football pundit, which he's been doing in conjunction with his coaching badges.

After seeing Gerrard get the Rangers job, and Phil Neville take charge of the England women's team, Lampard may now decide that the time is right to join his former England teammates in the chaotic world of football management.

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