Frank Lampard in talks with Oxford but Michael Appleton rules out returnby Jack Kitson / 24 January 2018, 12:01Tweet
Frank Lampard could be on the verge of following the likes of Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville into management after reportedly opening talks with Oxford United.
Lampard has been hotly linked with the League One club since Pep Clotet’s surprise sacking on Monday, and the Chelsea legend can currently be found at just 1/2 in the Next Oxford Manager Market.
The 39-year-old was previously linked with Oxford last summer, and back in November 2016 he was a contender in the betting for the MK Dons job.
Lampard hung up his boots in February 2017 and has since appeared as a TV pundit on various broadcasters, while he’s also worked with Chelsea’s youngsters.
However, the former England captain is now believed to be keen to test himself in the managerial arena, but instead of trying to bag a top-flight job, he could be set to start his career down in League One, with The Sun reporting that Lampard is poised to replace Clotet at Oxford.
A gamble worth taking?
Lampard’s lack of experience has been highlighted, and an appointment would be considered a gamble, but perhaps one worth taking.
Lampard, one of the best midfielders of his generation, could prove to be an exciting and inspiring appointment for Oxford, with someone of his ilk likely to generate a real buzz around the Kassam Stadium, while his profile and connections could help attract some star names to the club.
It’s a no from Appleton
Former Oxford boss Michael Appleton, who is currently the assistant manager at Leicester City, has ruled himself out of the running for the post - see tweet below - although he did say “never say never in the future”.
Appleton previously managed the U’s for three seasons, leading the club up to League One, then 8th spot, and to the final of the Football League Trophy, before leaving for Leicester last summer.
Here is Michael Appleton ruling himself out of returning to Oxford United as manager.— Dan Church (@DJChurch94) January 24, 2018
However, he does go on to say, "Never say never in the future, but at this moment in time I am in a really good place."#OUFC #COYY #LCFC pic.twitter.com/eMsdoksLdC
Derek Fazackerley in the dark
The club’s interim boss, Derek Fazackerley, oversaw a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy quarter-finals on Tuesday night, and admitted that he has no idea how long he’ll be at the helm for - he’s a 12/1 shot for those interested.
Fazackerley told the Oxford Mail:
“I’m here doing what I’m doing until I’m told differently.
“I’m quite happy to be doing what I’m doing until I’m told there’s somebody else in charge. Whether that’s a week, a month, or six months, I don’t know.
“I’ve no real inclination from the board of how long it will be.