Frank Lampard 'in talks' to land new job as Chelsea hero returns to management

Frank Lampard is reportedly in talks with Burnley over the vacant manager’s job (Image: GETTY)

Frank Lampard is in talks with Burnley to replace Vincent Kompany as their next permanent manager, according to reports. The former Chelsea midfielder has been out of work since leaving the Blues last summer after briefly serving as their caretaker boss following Graham Potter’s sacking.

Lampard is keen to get back into management and has emerged as a contender to succeed Kompany at Burnley, according to talkSPORT. Kompany left the Clarets to join Bayern Munich earlier this month, with Craig Bellamy having been named as the club’s acting head coach.

Discussions between Lampard and Burnley are thought to be at an early stage, with club bosses looking to put plans in place as they prepare for life back in the Championship. They were relegated from the Premier League last season after earning just 24 points and winning five games throughout the entire campaign.

Lampard has been out of work since leaving Chelsea at the end of the 2022/23 season (Image: GETTY)

The report adds that Bellamy is also in contention to take the Burnley job on a permanent basis after serving as Kompany’s assistant boss. However, the Welshman could yet follow Kompany to Bayern Munich as part of the German club’s backroom staff.

Lampard was handed his big break in management with Derby County and led the Rams to the Championship play-offs at the end of his first season in charge. He then returned to Stamford Bridge to manage Chelsea and lasted 17 months before he was sacked in early 2021.

The former England international went on to take charge of Everton, where he stayed for a year before he was replaced by Sean Dyche. Lampard returned to Chelsea three months later for a second spell in the dugout following Potter’s exit and left at the end of the 2022/23 season.

Lampard will face big expectations if he is given the Burnley job, with the Clarets seeking an immediate return to the Premier League following their relegation. They are among the early favourites to win promotion from the Championship alongside the likes of Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Coventry City.

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It was reported in April that Lampard was under consideration to manage Canada and lead them into the next World Cup in 2026. He supposedly held initial talks but, according to The Telegraph, decided against taking the job as he felt it did not represent ‘the right opportunity’.

He recently admitted that he would be eager to return to management for the right club, saying: “I’m enjoying being with the family and looking to get back at some point. Hopefully something comes up that feels right for me, I’m keen to get working again but as I reiterate, I’m enjoying family life.

“It’s an intense job so when you’re out of it, it’s nice to appreciate being around all my children. You love the job, you understand the rigours of it in the modern day. I’ve enjoyed all the clubs I’ve worked with. They’ve all been big challenges for different reasons. I enjoy working with players, improving players and the team, so let’s see what comes.”