Frank Lampard is ‘no longer in the running’ to become the next manager of Sky Bet Championship club Ipswich Town, according to Sky Sports News. The Chelsea legend was twice interviewed for the job, but terms could not be agreed between both parties.
Lampard, who turns 40 next month, has not hidden from his desire to step into club management. He retired from playing in February 2017, a few months after leaving Major League Soccer side New York City FC. Since then, he has been building up his coaching qualifications.
The Portman Road club are on the lookout for a permanent replacement for Mick McCarthy, who departed after many years of service. It is seemingly a two-way battle for the vacancy between Jack Ross and Paul Hurst, who managed St Mirren and Shrewsbury Town respectively. St Mirren are celebrating promotion into the Ladbrokes Premiership, whilst Shrewsbury are busy making preparations for Sunday’s Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final against Rotherham United at Wembley Stadium.
It is perhaps not the greatest shock to see that Lampard won’t be stepping into management just yet. The clamber for him to get a job has seemingly intensified now that his former England midfielder partner, Steven Gerrard, will be taking over as the Rangers manager from next season. Perhaps the rush to move into management won’t be as huge now that Frank, along with his wife Christine, are soon to be welcoming a new child into the world. Still, he will undoubtedly hold a desire to move into the dugout at some stage.