Speaking to talkSPORT, Frank Lampard says that he is not in the running to become the next manager of Sky Bet League One side Oxford United. The Chelsea icon was, and currently is, the odds-on favourite with Sky Bet to succeed the sacked Pep Clotet.

Although admitting he is doing his coaching badges with the intention of stepping into management one day, the 39-year-old concedes that this isn’t the right job for him at this moment in time. He did however admit to have a brief discussion about the vacancy, but never anything official. Lampard retired from playing in February 2017.

In discussion with the Hawksbee and Jacobs Show, the former England international dismissed the strong rumours that emerged earlier in the week that it was almost a formality he’d be appointed at the Kassam Stadium,

“I spoke to Dave Jones, who works at Sky and is on the board at Oxford, in the summer about the job and that is as far as it went. There wasn’t in it what has come out this week.”

Lampard also revealed that he is getting his eye into coaching at former club Chelsea, helping out within their academy structure,

“There are plenty of different routes to try and become a top manager and I am working now to get towards that.

“You can’t just step out of playing and think you can become a manager – you have to practice. Thankfully Chelsea and the academy are helping me get my hours in and I am watching training at certain Premier League clubs and studying much as I can so down the line, I hope so (to become a manager).”

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