Frank Lampard’s Norwich move in doubt after another target ‘impresses’ in interview

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Frank Lampard has suffered a blow in his fight to be named the new Norwich City manager as one other candidate reportedly impressed during their interview. The Chelsea legend has been strongly linked with the job since Daniel Farke’s sacking on Saturday.

Norwich parted ways with the German after three years having struggled since their return to the Premier League.  

The Canaries had failed to win in 20 top-flight fixtures in a run which extended into the backend of their last Premier League term, the 2019-20 season. That included 16 consecutive defeats. 

Farke led his side to two Championship title successes, including last term. However, his woeful start to this season has cost the 45-year-old his job.   

He was sacked in slightly bizarre circumstances, though, with Norwich announcing his departure just two hours after they had ended their disastrous run.  

The former Borussia Dortmund II head coach had just overseen a 2-1 victory over Brentford when he was informed of his departure. 

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Several big names have been linked with the tough job. The next boss will need to drag the club off the foot of the table and make up the five-point gap that separates them from 17th-placed Watford. 

Lampard has been suggested as a possible successor to Farke and is understood to be the frontrunner. The 42-year-old has been linked with almost every available Premier League job since being sacked by Chelsea in January.  

Several reports suggest that the former England midfielder is on the verge of being appointed by Norwich. 

However, Lampard might miss out on the job as it has emerged that another candidate has enamoured Norwich chiefs during the recruitment process. 

Recently sacked Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith was said to have been ‘extremely impressive’ in his interview, according to Sky Sports. Norwich are also interested in Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen and plan to hold talks with him before making a decision.

Smith was dismissed by boyhood club Villa a day after Farke’s exit following a run of five successive defeats.  

Expectations at the Midlands club were high after they spent over £100million during the summer transfer window.  

Lampard’s ex-Three Lions team-mate Steven Gerrard has already been appointed, with Villa prising the Liverpool icon away from Rangers.  

Meanwhile, Lampard spoke at length during the European Championship about his preferences ahead of a potential new role.  

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Working as a BBC pundit for England matches alongside Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand, Lampard said: “As much as I love time with you lot, I am certainly not put off. I loved the job, loved the challenge of it.  

“I had two great experiences, at Derby and then at Chelsea and I would love to get back in at the right time and right moment.” 

Asked by Lineker if he had received any offers, Lampard quipped: “Not that I’m prepared to tell you about! 

“They’re obviously not as good as this because I’m here!”
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