A key claim has been made on ex-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, regarding the vacant Rangers managerial role.
According to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, the Englishman was tempted by a move to replace his former international teammate Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.
However, the 43-year-old is now closing in on a deal to take over at Norwich, following Daniel Farke’s dismissal last week.
Galetti Tweeted: “Decisive steps forward between Frank #Lampard and #Norwich: the negotiation is now at the final stage! The former #Chelsea manager was also tempted by #RangersFC to replace #Gerrard, but ultimately decided to embrace the #NCFC project.”
Rangers fans could be feeling relieved by this news as it has spared Ross Wilson from a nightmare decision by appointing Lampard.
As a manager, the former England teammate of Gerrard has proven very little and has not shown that he can be the man to come in and win the Scottish Premiership to pick up where the ex-Liverpool man left off.
In his first season in management, Lampard reached the play-off final after finishing sixth in the Championship during the regular campaign. Whilst this may appear to be a fine achievement on paper, the underlying statistics suggest that the Chelsea legend’s influence was not as great as it seemed.
Per Infogol, Derby’s Expected Points placed them 19th in the league at the end of the season based on expected goals (xG) stats in attack and defence.
This suggests that the standard of players he had at his disposal – the likes of Harry Wilson, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori – overperformed to carry him through poor performances, as they were able to finish 12 places higher than their statistics suggested they should.
At Chelsea, he did manage to finish fourth in the Premier League in his first season at Stamford Bridge. However, he was then sacked with the club ninth in the table after 19 games in the top-flight and ended his time there without a trophy.
Therefore, fans will surely be feeling relieved that Lampard is heading east to Norwich rather than up north to Glasgow this month. It could have been a nightmare situation for Wilson, given the coach’s record to date, if he had gone in with a move for him and, thankfully, he has now been spared of the opportunity to do so.
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