Frank Lampard’s tenure as Chelsea manager came to a disappointing end on Monday, after he became the sixth Blues boss of the Roman Abramovich era to experience the sack mid-way through the season.
Lampard received a nomination for 2019/20 Premier League Manager of the Year after leading Chelsea to 4th spot and the FA Cup final in his first season; having been restricted by a transfer embargo.
That all changed back in the summer when he was handed a £200m+ war chest to bring in acquisitions capable of propelling Chelsea to the title. Two of which, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, have yet to sparkle and with the out-of-sorts Blues slipping to 9th in the table after a wobbly run of form, Lampard was relieved of his duties.
The Chelsea legend will be understandably crushed by the news, however with two jobs and now nearly three years of valuable experience under his managerial belt, we’re backing him to bounce back.
With that said, here are six potential options for the 42-year-old…
Another Premier League manager whose future has hit the headlines is Steve Bruce, who following the exit of Lampard has re-emerged as the favourite be the third Premier League manager out the door.
There may be a seven-point gap between Newcastle and the relegation zone, but there’s no escaping the fact that they’ve been utterly dreadful in recent weeks. They’ve failed to win in 10 games in all competitions, bowed out of the FA Cup and League Cup, failed to score in four straight matches, while the entertainment level has been a stone cold zero.
Bruce has shown passion and determination in his press conferences, yet this has yet to bear fruit on the pitch. To put it simply his pragmatic and goal-shy style just doesn’t appeal to the fans, many of whom are desperate for a change of managerial direction.
No one knows what Mike Ashley is thinking but he’s so far been hesitant to wield the axe on Bruce. Could Lampard’s sudden availability turn his head? Only he knows, with the young boss now a 17/2 shot for Newcastle should Bruce ever leave.
Could Frank Lampard return to the Premier League dugout?
Should Lampard be keen to not only stay in the Premier League, but remain in London too, then a potential opportunity could arise at Crystal Palace this summer.
The Eagles are managed by Lampard’s former England boss, Roy Hodgson, whose current contract expires at the end of the campaign.
At the time of writing there has been no news on whether this deal will be extended once again, meaning Palace could soon be searching for a new boss to take the reins - at the time of writing Lampard is a 16/1 shot to be the next Crystal Palace manager.
“I am perfectly happy with my situation at the moment,” Hodgson said a month ago. “There are certain cans that you are happier kicking down the road so I will continue kicking this one down the road until such time that a decision may be necessary.”
This is definitely one to keep an eye on.
The next Celtic manager Rumour Mill has been in overdrive for months now, yet Neil Lennon stubbornly remains cemented to his post.
In truth, it’s not looking good for Lennon. While he may cling onto his job until the end of the season, a future beyond that looks extremely unlikely.
Lampard’s former Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has emerged as the new favourite in the betting following his decision to step down from Dalian Pro. Should the Spaniard be keen, then the job is most likely his.
Meanwhile, Lampard is currently the 6/1 third favourite behind Benitez and Howe to enter into a high pressure environment where you are expected to win every single game you play.
However, the reward could be great, as he could be in a prime position to win a first managerial trophy, while it goes without saying that a managerial battle against his former midfield rival Steven Gerrard (Rangers) would be utterly compelling.
Gerrard endured two trophyless seasons at Rangers, who kept the faith in their young manager and are now set to taste success in the form of a first league title since 2011.
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Like Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday isn’t perhaps the most secure of environments for a manager, but if Lampard is eager to hurl himself straight back into work then there’s currently a vacancy open at Hillsborough.
As has been extensively covered here at The Sack Race over the course of the last month, Sheff Wed are looking for their third manager of a turbulent campaign following the respective departures of Garry Monk and Tony Pulis.
A cluster of managers have been favourite for the post, including Paul Cook, Vladimir Ivic and now Roy Keane (once again), whereas Lampard is out at 20/1.
In his first job in management at Derby, he impressively led his troops to Championship play-off final, only to lose out to Dean Smith’s Aston Villa.
Should he fancy a return to the second-tier with Sheff Wed, he’ll face an altogether different challenge with the struggling club fighting for survival down at the opposite end of the table (23rd).
If Lampard is eager for a completely fresh start away from the day-to-day chaos of club management, then a jump into the international arena could be a future option.
While we’re not suggesting he’s set to replace Gareth Southgate at the helm of the senior team, instead how about overseeing the new generation of talent as England U21s manager.
He’s proven at Derby and Chelsea what he can do with a talented crop of individuals, bringing through the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, and Tammy Abraham who are now all in contention for a European Championship place this summer.
It must be noted that Aidy Boothroyd currently holds the England U21 hot seat, however he’s not been immune from pressure during his tenure; back in October he came under-fire following a 3-3 draw against Andorra.
If an opening was to occur up anytime soon, it could be an ideal job for Lampard to sink his teeth into. Then, who knows, he could eventually step into the top job when Southgate departs.
Lampard may decide to leave the UK altogether and voyage across the Pond to the MLS; which is currently home to the likes of Thierry Henry (Montreal), Phil Neville (Inter Miami), Jaap Stam (FC Cincinnati), Gabriel Heinze (Atlanta), and Gerhard Struber (New York Red Bulls).
Lampard did of course venture over to America at the end of his playing career, where he spent a couple of seasons at New York City. He may have to bide his time with this one, but as soon as an opportunity crops up he could signal his intention.
After two-and-a-half hectic years in England, the change in scenery and expectation could suit him as he bids to bounce back from his Chelsea upset.