Lampard to ‘hold talks’ with West Brom to replace Allardyce

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to hold talks with West Brom over their vacant managerial job, according to reports.

Lampard has been out of a job since he was sacked by the Blues in January this year. He previously spent a season in charge of Championship side Derby County.

West Brom are on the lookout for a new permanent boss after Sam Allardyce announced that he will be leaving the club.

The Sun have reported that Lampard is on the Baggies’ shortlist to replace Allardyce. They add that he is likely to be interviewed for the role in due course.

Meanwhile, Lampard has hit back at Jorginho after the midfielder claimed that he “was not ready” for the Chelsea job:

“It’s always going to be a fact as a manager when you leave a club, there will be some players who did not play so much and they might have a feeling or a judgement on how you work and they can make statements.

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“For me, I have to expect that as much as I expect the good statements from players who are really positive about how you work. I’ve got no big issue with that.

“I’ve seen some quotes saying that Frank Lampard took this job with his heart. I absolutely didn’t. I don’t make any professional decisions with my heart. Maybe I’m the absolute opposite of that.

“I’ll go over them a hundred times in my head, but I certainly didn’t with my heart. I took it with a pragmatic view of: ‘what’s the situation? OK, this is Chelsea, I’m going from Derby to Chelsea.’ Not many managers would turn that down head or heart, let’s get it right.

“After my year at Derby, I was pretty clear that I wanted to go into Chelsea, make them move the ball quicker, make them penetrate lines quicker. I wanted to go and do my thing and try to bring through some younger players into the team. I did that.

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“I didn’t get to the end game, but I certainly think I did a lot of things that I can be proud of. I come away with an overall feeling of pride in what I did in the job. I wanted to stay longer, I wanted real tangible success which, at Chelsea, is winning cups and winning leagues, but it didn’t happen.

“Hopefully, from where I took over the job, I’ve laid down strong foundations for the future and in the context of where I wanted my managerial career to go, it was an amazing experience.”

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