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Frank Lampard rejects chance to become Norwich manager

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.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard eyeing up Premier League jobs

England’s next generation of managers are looking to get back to the Premier League as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard get linked with new jobs.

Lampard has been without a club since being sacked by Chelsea in January, but has been linked with several jobs including Newcastle, Watford and Crystal Palace.

Gerrard on the other hand has found great success in Scotland with Rangers, ending Celtic’s dominance and winning the Scottish Premier League last season and also guiding them to a good run in the Europa League.

But now with spaces opening up in the Premier League following the sackings of Dean Smith at Aston Villa and Daniel Farke at Norwich, both men could find themselves back in England’s top flight sooner rather than later.

Reports suggest that Norwich are keen to bring in Lampard to help their battle for survival, with the Canaries currently sitting rock bottom of the league with just five points from 11 games this season.

Lampard is a young coach and with Norwich’s relatively young squad, Lampard’s love for youth players as shown at Chelsea could be a positive for him – especially with Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour among the playing staff.

Billy Gilmour of Chelsea shakes hands with Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea as he is substituted off during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match...

Gerrard on the other hand is among the top targets for the Aston Villa job, with the Midlands outfit keen to bring in someone to continue the progress that Smith made during his three years in charge.

Villa’s squad received great investment in the summer but obviously they lost Jack Grealish to Man City in a £100m deal and have failed in trying to adapt quickly.

But with Gerrard’s arrival, the club would have a new and fresh mindset on how to approach games and set up the team. The former Liverpool captain has seen his reputation as a manger grow exponentially over the last few years and he has been tipped to eventually become manager of his beloved Anfield club.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen at full time during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell FC and Rangers FC at on October...

The transition to eventually take that job however would be better placed with a prior job in the league and Aston Villa present a brilliant opportunity for him to take over a club with a big fan base, a decent squad and not exaggerated expectations.

It would be a great coup for the league to get the name value of both back in the league, but it would also be a good chance for Lampard to build his reputation back up and for Gerrard to continue to grow as a coach with a step up.

Dean Smith and Daniel Farke sacking shows progression is key, not history

Two Premier League managers lost their jobs over the weekend, with differing results leading to the decisions.

On Saturday evening Norwich were celebrating their first win of the season, a 2-1 victory away at Brentford masterminded by Daniel Farke.

However by that evening it was announced that the German had been sacked with immediate effect, despite the win, and that the club were looking for a new boss.

Then on Sunday, it was Aston Villa’s turn to wield the axe as Dean Smith was relieved of his duties following a fifth consecutive defeat against Southampton on Friday night.

The two departures mean that the Premier League has already lost 25% of their managers that started the season, a quite incredible stat considering we’re only 11 games into the season.

Xisco Munoz was first at Watford, followed by Steve Bruce at Newcastle and then Nuno Espirito Santo at Spurs. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains under severe pressure at Manchester United, we’ve already seen the likes of Mikel Arteta and Sean Dyche survive a bad run to come out on the other side with support from their clubs.

But what it shows is that clubs are no longer content with just existing, they want to see clear progression.

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke during the Premier League match between Brentford and Norwich City at Brentford Community Stadium on November 6,...

It used to be an achievement for the lower and mid-table clubs to simply survive and compete amongst themselves, leaving the big boys to do their thing further away.

Now though, clubs want to see a plan. They want to see positive football, they want to see a silver lining in defeats against those top sides and more importantly they want a path to become one eventually.

Leicester and West Ham have successfully implemented themselves into the conversation for European places on a regular basis now under Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes. There are no reasons why others teams can’t do the same with the right manager and right plan.

Smith oversaw his boyhood club getting promoted to the Premier League, kept them up and even got them to a domestic cup final. None of that mattered in the end when the club decided it was time to move on.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 07, 2021 in London, England.

Farke got Norwich promoted twice, with a relegation in the middle of those two. The Canaries tried to give him time, giving him the chance to keep them up and then bring them back to the promised land but he once again proved he wasn’t up to it at the highest level. The club have now moved on.

It shows you that in the modern game there is no space for romanticism and history. It’s about the present and the future, and rightly so.

You can be thankful to the job a manager has done and what they have given, but accept that it’s time to move on and try something fresh in order to progress. Because ultimately, progression is key.

Premier League 2021/22 opening day fixtures released

The Premier League returns on August 14th 2021 and the fixtures for the opening weekend have been released, including an absolute banger of a start for the champions.

Manchester City will travel to Tottenham Hotspur in their first game of the season, meaning a potential transfer for Harry Kane could be a nightmare debut against his former club.

City won the Premier League by 12 points last season to claim their third league title in four years under Pep Guardiola and will be hoping that with some investment to the squad this summer that they’ll be at the top end of the table once again come May 2022.

Last season’s runners-up also have a tasty game to start the season with, as Manchester United will host Leeds United in a Rose derby at Old Trafford too.

The sides met in the league for the first time in 16 years last season, with the Reds winning 6-2 at home before a stale 0-0 draw at Elland Road, but there were no fans in attendance so this will be a great way to welcome them back to the stands.

Newly promoted Brentford will welcome London rivals Arsenal to their new stadium in their first ever Premier League game, while Norwich City will take on Liverpool in a repeat from the opening day fixture two seasons ago when the Canaries were last promoted.

Chelsea will host Crystal Palace in yet another London derby, where the Eagles will be playing their first game since manager Roy Hodgson left the club at the end of last season.

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side will look to put the disappointment of finishing outside of the top four behind them when they take on Bruno Lage’s Wolves side on the opening day at the King Power Stadium, while ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will be in charge of Everton when they take on Southampton at Goodison Park.

Newly promoted Watford will welcome Aston Villa to Vicarage Road, while David Moyes’ Europa League-playing West Ham side will travel up north to take on Newcastle United. Burnley will play Brighton in the final game.

Dates of the games will be rescheduled depending on television viewings, although the exact date for the changes is unknown at the moment. Kick-off times will also change depending on television selections too.

With the national ‘Freedom Day’ expected to take place on July 19th, all games should be able to host a full capacity crowd on the opening day of the season although that is not official yet either. Games are currently scheduled for the weekend of August 14th 2021.


Brentford v Arsenal
Burnley v Brighton
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v Wolverhampton
Manchester United v Leeds United
Newcastle United v West Ham United
Norwich City v Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Watford v Aston Villa

Norwich City: Which Players Deserve To Stay In The Premier League?

After relegation back to the Championship was confirmed, Norwich City now have to figure out a way back to the promised land.

A crushing defeat to West Ham saw the Canaries get sent back down at the first attempt, having accumulated just 21 points from their 35 games so far. They have won just five games all season and their top goalscorer Teemu Pukki hasn’t scored since January.

Despite the poor season, the club have shown they have some real talent in their squad. A few players have reportedly attracted interest from clubs that will be in the Premier League next season, while others have had no news reported on their futures.

Tim Krul has proven previously that he is a top division goalkeeper. His performances at Newcastle were good and now this season he has kept his side in games they had no right to be in at times. While the truth of the matter is that no top sides will take him, the lower end of the table could see a bargain in the Dutchman.

In defence, the players haven’t given the best representations of themselves. The full-backs Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis came into the league with big reputations as exciting, young, attacking full-backs. While they’ve lived up to that billing, defensively they’ve not been nearly good enough. They’re both young though and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a mid-table side take a punt on either of them. Jamal Lewis especially has impressed me this season and I wouldn’t be shocked if Leicester moved to bring him in as a replacement for Chelsea target Ben Chilwell.

In the heart of the defence, Ben Godfrey has done okay but he showed a lot of deficiencies in his game. Aerially he isn’t the best and his tackling needs a lot of work. He’s very comfortable on the ball though which could stand him in good stead in the future. Another year in the Championship won’t do him any harm at 22 years old and could be the catalyst for another push into the Premier League the following year.

The midfield and attack is where they’ve struggled most and it’s no surprise that I only see three more members of the squad potentially in the top league next season.

Todd Cantwell, Emiliano Buendia and Teemu Pukki have all shown quality in spurts that they belong in the division.

Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League : News Photo

Cantwell is only 22 years old and has goals this season against Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Wolves and Arsenal. His general link play from the wing has been good and he’s adapted well to the physicality of the league. As a young Englishman, he will appeal to much of the league. Clubs such as Burnley, Crystal Palace and even Tottenham could do with a player of his profile and he will likely be available for a relatively low fee because of Covid-19. He has plenty of room to grow and develop more and the risk would be relatively low. Even if he was signed and didn’t perform well, due to his age and the current market you’d probably be able to sell him for a profit.

Pukki has shown that with service he knows how to find the back of the net. His 11 goals scored this season came mainly at the start of the campaign when Norwich were fearless and attacked everyone the same way. Naive? Maybe. But it showed his qualities. He’s suffered since Norwich adapted their style to try and be more defensive, resulting in his goal drought that has stretched since January now as of this writing. A club looking for goals would without a doubt be interested in him, so keep an eye on the likes of Sheffield United,Crystal Palace and Brighton who could show an interest.

Finally, the best of the bunch – Emiliano Buendia. The Argentine is only 23 years old and has been one of the better playmakers in the league this season. He has accumulated 7 assists in the league and created more chances than anyone else in the league not named Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish or Trent Alexander-Arnold. His ability to beat a man and to retain possession in tight spaces mean he’d be an asset to the top sides in the division as an option for depth. Chelsea are reportedly interested in Said Benrahma from Brentford and Buendia would be an excellent alternative. Spurs and Arsenal could also do a lot worse than bringing him into their sides, with evidence suggesting his numbers would only get better in a team where he is surrounded by more quality.

Norwich will of course look to hold on to as many people as they can in the hope that they can bounce straight back. The likelihood of that though, is very low and the big boys will be circling for a bargain.