Tuesday 22 August 2017

Frank Lampard may be about to get the chance to start his management career

Frank Lampard has held talks with Oxford over managerial vacancy
Frank Lampard has held talks with Oxford over managerial vacancy
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Frank Lampard has held talks with League One side Oxford United as he ponders a first step in his management career.

Chelsea legend Lampard has hinted that he would be interested in starting a coaching career after he ended his trophy-laden career, with Oxford confident they can tap into his vast network on contacts in the game if they can convince him to replace the departed Michael Appleton.

Oxford came close to securing a place in the League One play-offs last season, with Appleton opting to leave the club to take up a position as assistant manager at Leicester.

Now Oxford are eyeing up an ambitious appointment, with Lampard confirming earlier this year that he would like to try his hand in management as he eyes his ultimate dream of managing Chelsea.

"There was a period earlier in my career where I really fancied it, then I thought I don't fancy the managerial thing," he told Sky Sports earlier this year.

"Now, I'm back onto it. It's hard, though, because I only want the Chelsea job.  As a Chelsea man or not, the job is one of the pinnacles of football, they are one of the top clubs in the world now. And I'm a Chelsea man.

"It might be a different route for me and might take a while but the dream would be to manage Chelsea one day. If I was good enough, if they wanted me and it was the right time."

Lampard is also believed to have offers to launch a career in the media, but it appears he tempted by the prospect of working in the lower leagues of English football in a bid to prove his tactical acumen.

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