Chelsea legend John Terry has provided the perfect reference to ex-teammate Frank Lampard as Norwich City look for a new manager after Daniel Farke was sacked.
The Canaries picked up their first victory of the Premier League season on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 win away at Brentford, but that was not enough to keep Farke in a job, with the club confirming he has departed later in the evening.
Now, SkyBet have listed Lampard as their early favourite to take the vacant job at Carrow Road, with the former Blues boss being ranked at 2/1.
Next on the list is Kjetil Knutsen (5/2), Roy Hodgson (4/1), Mark Robins (7/1), Steve Bruce (10/1) Russell Martin (12/1) and Domenico Tedesco (16/1), with odds regularly changing as the board seek a quick fix for after the international break.
Southampton, Wolves and Newcastle are the next three fixtures that follow the upcoming November international break, meaning any manager that does come in has a good chance to build some immediate momentum ahead of a tight relegation battle this term.
Lampard was relieved of his duties as Chelsea manager in January, with Thomas Tuchel taking over from the club legend, but his spell as boss at Stamford Bridge has not deterred the 43-year-old from returning to coaching.
Speaking to BBC Sport over the summer, Lampard said: “I am certainly not put off (returning to management). I love the job, I love the challenge of it.
“I had two great experiences – at Derby, then at Chelsea – and I would love to get back in at the right time. No offers that I am prepared to tell you about!”
Lampard was then asked to reflect on his time at Chelsea and admitted it has been nice to have some time out of the sport in order to put things in perspective.
He added: “Well obviously you never want to lose a job, I am in pretty good company at Chelsea. It happens. It is the brutal reality of football at the top level.
“With reflection, I have had a few months out now, it has been nice to spend some time out of the game. I am pretty proud at the job I did, it was an honour to manage the club.
“I came in at a tough time with the (transfer) ban and the loss of Eden Hazard and worked really hard to get into the Champions League and Mason (Mount), developing the younger players was a huge deal to me.
“I am happy. You do not want to lose your job, but it is a huge experience for me.”
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He was then asked if he would have done things differently when looking back on it, and responded by saying: “I think I could probably sit down and talk to you about a lot of things. That is a manager’s job.
“There will be a lot of things you could do differently. But as I say very proud of year one. Year two there were expectations, maybe different complications. Every team had problems this year.
“We had a problem in January and I left my job. I can’t go back and keep reflecting on those things in a negative way. I can only look positively going forward.”
In the midst of all of this managerial talk, Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer may have received the perfect reference that helps Delia Smith and co. opt for him instead of the other options out there and that comes in the form of Terry’s glowing reference of what his legendary teammate can bring to any club.
When asked about the development of the Blues’ homegrown players that was aided during Lampard’s short but important tenure at SW6, the former Aston Villa coach replied: “Superb. Great to see our homegrown players in the first team [followed by a blue heart emoji].”
This comment could spell good news for loanee Billy Gilmour and other youthful Norwich City products, who can reap the rewards of having Lampard sat in the home dugout at Carrow Road due to his expertise in this specific area.
Meanwhile, Terry himself could make his managerial bow after Dean Smith was let go by Aston Villa following their dismal 1-0 defeat to Southampton on the Friday Night Football.
Source by Football London