Frank Lampard lost his job as Chelsea manager on Monday but given the ever-turning managerial merry-go-round, he is not expected to be out of work for long, should he want to make a swift return to the dugout.
Lampard had 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge, but after dressing room unrest and a string of bad results in the Premier League he was dismissed on Monday.
Taking over under difficult circumstances, with the club under a transfer embargo, and after just a year in management at Derby County, Lampard’s ego will be dented, but his reputation will largely remain intact and job offers are bound to come.
He may well take some time off from management, but is already being quoted by bookmakers as a contender for a number jobs in the coming months.
West Ham 5/1
The Hammers are enjoying an excellent season so far under David Moyes but the London Stadium is where Lampard is most fancied to take his next job.
Lampard came through the youth ranks at West Ham, making his debut for them in 1996, but has not had a great relationship with their fans since leaving for Chelsea in 2001.
Neil Lennon is under huge pressure at Celtic and is not expected to remain in charge of the Bhoys for much longer as they are set to miss out on the Scottish Premiership title since 2011.
With Rangers on course to win the league under Steven Gerrard, Lampard would be an interesting appointment to take on his old England teammate and Premier League rival.
Steve Bruce is struggling at Newcastle, with four Premier League defeats on the spin seeing them sink towards the relegation zone.
18 goals scored in 19 games is illustrative of the turgid stuff the Magpies have been playing and unless Bruce can turn things around soon, his job will be under serious threat.
The Three Lions are not going to make a change in management before this summer’s European Championship, with Gareth Southgate leading England into the tournament.
However, a poor showing could see Southgate move on and the England legend could step in.
Crystal Palace 16/1
Roy Hodgson is 73 years old and out of contract at Palace at the end of this season. With the Eagles 13th in the table he is still doing a solid job, but the club may think it is time for a change in the summer.
Lampard could be the man to bring a more youthful outlook to the Selhurst Park dugout.
All odds courtesy of Betfair and are for Frank Lampard to be the next permanent manager.
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