Frank Lampard tells Norwich he is PULLING OUT of the running to be their new manager, with former Chelsea boss no longer wanting to be considered… leaving Dean Smith as favourite
- Norwich sacked Daniel Farke after the win against Brentford last weekend
- Frank Lampard has been out of work since Chelsea sacked him in January
- Dean Smith, axed last weekend by Aston Villa, is now in contention for the job
Frank Lampard has dropped out of the running for the Norwich job, paving the way for Dean Smith to emerge as the prime contender.
Lampard had held talks with the Canaries about replacing Daniel Farke, but is no longer a candidate. Sources close to the managerial situation at Carrow Road have told Sportsmail he no longer wants to be considered.
The development could now see Smith, who was only sacked by Aston Villa last week, emerge as the top target for Norwich.
Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has turned down the chance to take over Norwich
Norwich sacked Daniel Farke last weekend, despite recording a victory over Brentford
Norwich are currently 20th in the Premier League table, level on points with Newcastle on a tally of five but sit in last place due to their goal difference.
Lampard has been out of work since January, when Chelsea sacked him and brought in Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge. He left Chelsea with the club ninth in the Premier League and Tuchel guided the club to Champions League glory and a fourth-place finish.
Lampard gets credit, however, for bringing through a number of young players into the team, notably Mason Mount and Reece James.
He was also a big admirer of Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, who is currently on loan at Norwich for the season but has struggled to make an impact so far.
But his withdrawal of interest in the post at Carrow Road means the path seems to be clear for Smith to make a quick comeback into the Premier League.
Dean Smith, sacked by Aston Villa last weekend, is now the leading candidate for the job
Norwich are last in the Premier League table with only five points taken so far this season
Smith departed Villa last Sunday with the club losing five Premier League matches in a row and slumping to 15th in the standings. Steven Gerrard has left Rangers to replace him at Villa Park, his first job as a manager in England’s top flight.
But in his three years at his boyhood club, Smith got Villa out of the Championship and established them as a Premier League outfit.
Norwich’s battle for Premier League survival resumes after the international break with a home match against Southampton.