Frank Lampard leads the betting for new Derby County post

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 May 2018, 08:34

Frank Lampard could be close to making the dreaded dive into the murky waters of football management after he was installed as the odds-on favourite for the Derby County job.

The Rams are searching for a new gaffer following the departure of Gary Rowett who left Pride Park on Tuesday in order to manage fellow Championship side Stoke.

Brentford boss Dean Smith emerged as the early favourite to succeed Rowett, however it’s Lampard who now tops the betting at just 1/2, ahead of Smith (4/1), former Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy (14/1), and Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill (16/1).

5 names in the frame for the Derby job

Lampard has of course been linked with a move into management for some time now, although he’s yet to take the plunge.

Back in 2016 the former England midfielder was on MK Dons' radar, then earlier this year he reportedly held talks with Oxford, however nothing came of either.

This month the Chelsea legend met with Ipswich chief Marcus Evans on a couple of occasions, but on Tuesday it was revealed that he was lo longer in the running to replace Mick McCarthy after failing to agree terms with the club.

The 39-year-old now once again finds himself smack bang in contention for a Football League vacancy, but he may hold reservations about the lack of finances available to the next Derby manager, while a couple of star names could well be on the move in order to create funds.

Rowett was lured over to Stoke because of their bigger budget, which is expected to be in the division’s top bracket, with his new side handed odds of 7/1 to win the second-tier next season, whereas Derby are priced at 16/1 to come top of the pile.

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