Frank Lampard has retired from the race to become the manager of Norwich City. The former Chelsea manager spoke on Thursday about replacing Daniel Farke but decided the role was not for him.
Norwich, who could focus on Dean Smith, are down in the Premier League after 11 games and had identified Lampard as a potential successor to Farke. The 43-year-old has been out of office since he was sacked by Chelsea last January and he is eager to find a job.
It is understood that the talks between Norwich and Lampard went well. The club had not decided to offer the job to Lampard until they informed them that they no longer wished to be considered.
The former England midfielder, who missed the Crystal Palace job last summer, knows he has to choose his next role carefully and is aware that saving Norwich from relegation would be extremely difficult. They have worked hard since winning the promotion and are unlikely to have much to spend during the January transfer window.
Norwich, who sacked Farke after his victory over Brentford last Saturday, will continue to speak to the other candidates. Lampard’s removal could increase Smith’s chances of landing the job. Smith was sacked by Aston Villa last Sunday and has admirers at Carrow Road, although it is understood he needs a few days to decide if he wants to return to management so quickly.
Norwich has also been linked with Ralph Hasenhüttl, but they are unlikely to be able to draw the Austrian from Southampton. Another name in the frame is Kjetil Knutsen, manager of the Norwegian team Bodø / Glimt.