Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be thrilled if Frank Lampard takes charge at Norwich | Football | sport
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel could be set to reap the potential benefits of Frank Lampard taking over Norwich City in the near future. The former Blues midfielder, who went on to lead the club before being relieved of his duties in January, has been heavily linked with the vacant position at Carrow Road following the departure of Daniel Farke last week.
Farke received his marching orders immediately after guiding Norwich to their first Premier League win of the season against Brentford on Saturday afternoon.
The Canaries are firmly among the favorites to be relegated after their lackluster start to the campaign, but are hopeful that a new manager can guide them on the right path to maintaining their top status for at least a year.
A number of candidates have already been approached to replace Farke at Norwich, with FK Bodo / Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen among the names under consideration.
Lampard has also been mentioned in connection with the role as he considers a return to management after spending 10 months away from the game.
He got off to a good start in the dugout at Chelsea after being named in 2019, leading the club to a top-four spot at the end of his first season in charge.
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However, he struggled to put the Blues on full blast last time around and was quickly replaced by Tuchel earlier this year.
If Lampard decides to return to the crosshairs with Norwich it could inadvertently do wonders for his former club over the next few years.
The Canaries loaned out Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour at the start of the season, but the young Scotsman has struggled to maintain a regular first-team spot so far.
He hasn’t played in the Premier League since September after being left on the bench in five of Norwich’s last six games.
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Chelsea reportedly hoped Gilmour, who excelled for Scotland at Euro 2020 this summer, would now have more playing time to help them progress.
However, Lampard could be on the verge of giving the Blues what they were originally committed to by giving Gilmour a starring role in the second half of the campaign.
The former Chelsea boss made his senior debut for the 21-year-old two years ago and paved the way for him to become a valuable first-team asset under Tuchel last season.
Lampard has been lyrical about Gilmour on several occasions, insisting shortly before his dismissal that he will go all the way to the top if his development continues on the same trajectory.
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“I’m delighted that Billy is ready to go, he’s going to be a huge player for this club,” Lampard said.
“He’s young and like all the youngsters I talk about in the squad we have to give him time, but his talent is huge and I’m really happy where he is.”
It remains to be seen whether Lampard ends up taking over Norwich in the coming days as the Canaries step up their efforts to secure a new permanent boss.
However, it looks like Chelsea could see plenty of benefits if the 43-year-old decides to bring Gilmour back to the squad in case he is named to Carrow Road.