West Brom likely to interview ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard
Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is on West Brom’s shortlist as they hunt down Sam Allardyce’s successor, according to the Express & Star.
The newspaper claims Lampard, 42, is likely to be interviewed about the vacancy at The Hawthorns with him open to managing in the Championship after leading Derby to the play-off final in 2018/19.
It is understood that former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is in the running to be the next Baggies boss as they prepare for life back in the second-tier.
Risk worth taking?
Lampard’s vastly inexperienced in comparison to someone like Wilder, who’s been managing for 20 years and won promotion at every level from the National League to the Championship.
However, Lampard has shown in his budding managerial career that he has the making of someone who can really make a name for himself.
In his first season at Derby, he managed to secure a sixth-placed finish and then led the Rams to a win against Leeds in the play-off semi-finals.
He did enough at Pride Park to win the job at Chelsea, where he had to cope with a transfer embargo and had to rely on using young talent.
Despite the issues that were thrown at him, Lampard guided the Blues to a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League and an FA Cup final.
Of course, his spell at Chelsea manager came to an end in January but Lampard still build the foundations for a season that led to another fourth-placed finish and a spot in the Champions League final.
Stats by transfermarkt show Lampard has won 49 per cent of matches he’s managed at Chelsea and Derby and that he prefers a 4-3-3 formation that Albion have utilised in the last couple of seasons more often than not.
It was harsh for Lampard to be sacked by Chelsea and he did wonders at Derby.
We’d be happy with him, for sure.