Frank Lampard is a contender for the West Bromwich Albion job, according to recent reports…
The Express & Star claim the former Chelsea manager is on the Baggies’ shortlist as the search goes on for Sam Allardyce’s successor after it was confirmed that the 66-year-old would be leaving the Midlands club this summer.
Lampard also recently confirmed he is open to working in the Championship once again, having kickstarted his coaching career at Derby County.
“I would take a view on going into the Championship. If it was the right club, the right project, for sure. I don’t have an ego where I feel just because I’ve managed in the Champions League, that’s the be-all and end-all,” the 42-year-old claimed.
The other name mentioned in the running is former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder.
West Brom would certainly be in good hands by appointing either of the aforementioned duo but there is something that gives Lampard the edge – and that’s his track record when it comes to developing the club’s own talent.
This is also a problem that has affected the Hawthorns for many, many years.
The Baggies have one of the best academy set-ups in the Midlands, if not in England, yet as soon as a talented hopeful emerges as a potential star, they lose them to bigger teams – more often than not.
In recent times, there have been several examples.
Nathan Ferguson swapped the newly-promoted side for Crystal Palace last year, Louie Barry ended up at Villa via a scenic trip to Barcelona, Morgan Rogers joined Man City, Izzy Brown went to Chelsea, and Jerome Sinclair was too tempted by Anfield to stay at Albion.
During his time at Stamford Bridge as manager, Lampard was responsible for bedding through the likes of Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount – all of whom are regular first-team starters now.
This is something that Brendan Rodgers lauded him for back in August 2019. He told Sky Sports:
“Frank understands the policy at the club, how it works and will be looking to bring in some of the young players which he has done. He has given them an opportunity. You have to admire that.”
Furthermore, Peterborough chairman Barry Fry believes the former Premier League midfielder would be a hit wherever he ended up. In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, he said: “I think wherever he went, Frank, he would be a success – he’s just got that way about him.”
Scott Parker is another name at the very top to be left wowed by Lampard, too.
“I was privileged enough to play with him but I’ve probably got more respect for a guy that had an unbelievable work ethic,” revealed the Fulham boss to the Press Association before later adding: “It doesn’t surprise me that he’s gone to Derby and does well and then gets the Chelsea job under tight restrictions last year in terms of what they had to go through and he did an incredible job with them.”
If Luke Dowling wants to fix one of the Baggies’ worst-ever problems, then Lampard is surely a top candidate to succeed Big Sam at the Hawthorns.
Forget Wilder. He must look to get it done as early as possible.
Think of the benefits the likes of Rekeem Harper, Dara O’Shea, Rayhaan Tulloch and many more could get.