Who's leading the way in the Premier League sack race?
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Norwich City have been dealt a major blow on their hunt for a new manager after it was reported that neither Dean Smith nor Frank Lampard are totally convinced by their managerial vacancy. The Canaries have been searching for a new boss after parting company with Daniel Farke on Saturday.
Frank Lampard has been seen as the early front-runner to take the reins at Norwich, in what would be his first job since leaving Chelsea almost a year ago.
It would be an entirely different brief to the one he had at Stamford Bridge, given the Canaries are in for a stern relegation battle this campaign.
The former England midfielder was met with competition, however, when Aston Villa sacked Dean Smith this week before Steven Gerrard promptly took his place at the helm.
With Smith on the market, the duo have seemingly been biding their time as Norwich weigh up which direction they would like to go in.
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According to Sky Sports, Smith and Lampard are ‘not totally convinced’ that they want to take the vacant hotseat.
Both men are abroad at present, and the Canaries are taking their time as a decision will allegedly be held off until at least Sunday.
The Premier League’s bottom side could be at risk of losing the interest of their two key candidates, however, if they hold off any longer.
Whoever takes charge at Carrow Road will be fully aware of the task at hand, with victory at Brentford last time out calling time on a torrid run which saw them lose eight of their first ten Premier League games this season.
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As such, there is the very real possibility that whoever takes charge will be following them down to the Championship next season, unless they can mastermind a dramatic turnaround.
Lampard does have previous experience in that regard with Derby County, although dropping back down from the Premier League will surely not have been in his thoughts when he took the Chelsea job back in 2019.
News that Lampard and Smith are having reservations about heading to Norwich will come as a major blow, considering the club supposedly held two rounds of talks with the former Chelsea boss.
Smith has not been as heavily linked, and his recent departure from Villa could see him keen to take a break unless the Canaries table a tempting enough offer.
Speaking earlier in the year, Lampard claimed: “I’ve had some opportunities come up … which have been very flattering and very nice but were not the right thing.
“It was certainly the time for me to take a step out having been managing for two-and-a-half years full pelt and having the family situation.
“The opportunities were not quite right, but I think about [a return to management] and it would be something I am very keen to do, at the right time, at the right place.”
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