Frank Lampard has rejected the opportunity to become manager of Norwich City.
The former Chelsea and Derby boss was the front-runner for the job after Daniel Farke was sacked last week, despite picking up the club’s first win of the season over Brentford.
However after discussions with the club’s hierarchy, Lampard has opted to turn the job down.
Lampard was earmarked for the Crystal Palace job in the summer and was also briefly linked with the Newcastle United job too following Steve Bruce’s sacking, but he was closest to agreeing to take over Norwich.
The Canaries sit rock bottom of the Premier League with just five points and one win from 11 Premier League games so far this season.
Norwich were hopeful that Lampard would be able to come in and work with the young squad to try and keep them in the Premier League after promotion last year.
With the former England midfielder now out of the running, former Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is said to be the new front-runner for the job.
Smith was sacked by Villa the day after Norwich sacked Farke, following a fifth consecutive defeat against Southampton on the Friday night.
According to Sky Sports, Smith is still unsure himself of whether or not to take the job having just come out of a job that he was in for three years.
He will now likely have a bit more time to make his decision being the new front runner, but Norwich will likely have to do some convincing to get him on board so quickly.
Norwich are unlikely to make a decision before next week, with their next Premier League game coming against Southampton on November 20th.