Norwich City’s hunt for a man to replace Daniel Farke in the Carrow Road dugout has hardly been a frantic affair.
However, after a few days of talks, it looks as though they’re closing in on a successor.
Norwich decided to sack their former German boss last weekend, just hours after they picked up their first win of the campaign.
The timing was odd but Stuart Webber and the senior officials in Norfolk had already made up their mind before that match took place.
He reportedly held conversations with the club earlier this week and according to talkSPORT, he’s even set to be appointed.
Those sentiments were repeated by journalist David Freezer, who took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to issue the following claim:
“Looking increasingly likely that the next NCFC head coach will be a Premier League legend with 106 England caps – but with plenty to prove as a manager. Lampard has seemed to be leading the way from the start, could well provide the inspiration factor for this City squad,” he said.
As Freezer states, the former England international is a coach with plenty to prove.
He was sacked from his last job with Chelsea so his stock has fallen somewhat following a promising spell with Derby County in the Championship.
The 43-year-old tactician is yet to win a trophy during his managerial career but there is far more to his methods than generating success like that.
After all, Norwich don’t need a manager capable of winning trophies – that simply isn’t the focus. Instead, they need an individual capable of developing the playing squad and sustaining their Premier League status.
Of course, the Romford-born coach has no experience of a relegation dogfight but as Freezer’s previous claim says, he could be the inspiration factor that the Canaries need.
He is a much-hailed man within the football world with Scott Parker even describing him as “unbelievable.”
Indeed, it’s not difficult to see why that’s the case. Despite under a transfer ban, he took Chelsea to Champions League football in 2019/20 and still played a vital part in the team winning that very competition a season later, albeit Thomas Tuchel did see the job over the line.
But it’s his ability to transform young players – most notably Mason Mount – that should leave Norwich supporters buzzing about his potential appointment in Norfolk.
With that in mind, he could be devastating when armed with the likes of Billy Gilmour, A
This Norwich side has plenty of potential and if Lampard can inspire those young players, among others, it could be game-changing in their bid to stay in the division. As a result, supporters should be delighted that they appear to be on the verge of hiring him.