- Frank Lampard could be back to football management earlier than expected after his sacking at Chelsea
- Barely two days after he was dismissed at Stamford Bridge, bookmakers are already linking him with a string of managerial jobs
- Crystal Palace and Scottish giants Celtic are key among the jobs the legendary midfielder is bookies' favourite to get
Frank Lampard recently parted ways with Chelsea after failing to get the best out of his players but he may not be out of a job for long.
The 42-year-old manager has now been linked with a number of positions as predicted by the bookies.
Lampard only lasted 18 months at the helm of affairs at Stamford Bridge after the Blues slipped to ninth on the table and their qualification for continental football under immense threat.
The legendary midfielder failed to justify his massive spending in the summer when the club splashed over £200m to sign a number of players.
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However, despite assembling a star-studded squad, Lampard was unable to get the best out of it - leaving club chiefs with no option but to fire him.
Whereas the decision may dent his ego, his reputation has been backed to remain intact with the circles of football management and could earn him a new job sooner than later.
Interestingly, the former England international is already being linked with a number of clubs, with bookmakers tipping him to contend for a string of jobs.
Below are some of the managerial jobs Lampard could land within a short period of time in spite of his recent sack:
Neil Lennon is currently under immense pressure at Celtic after leading the club to one of their worst campaigns in recent times.
Celtic are all but set to miss out on the Scottish Premiership title for the first time in a decade with Rangers poised to cart home the trophy under Steven Gerrard.
With that in mind, it is felt Lampard could be the perfect fit at Celtic to face off his former England teammate.
2. West Ham United
Perhaps a long shot in the list is West Ham. This is primarily because of the Hammers' impressive form so far under the tutelage of David Moyes who has turned around the club's fortunes.
However, as in politics, anything and everything is possible.
Lampard, who came through the ranks at West Ham before he made his debut in 1996 is already being touted as a possible replacement for the Scotsman.
3. Newcastle United
The Magpies are currently struggling in the Premier League and it is only a matter of time before Steve Bruce is shown the door.
Newcastle have suffered four league defeats on the spin, leaving Bruce under increasing pressure.
And with just 18 goals in 19 matches, Bruce is expected to face the sack unless he turns the side's tides.
4. Crystal palace
Despite boasting of an array of talented players, Roy Hodgson has struggled to catapult the team to greater heights.
At 73, Hodgson's deal at Palace is expected to expire at the end of the season - a situation that could force the club enter the market in search of a replacement.
And Lampard could just be the candidate next door to manage the youthful dressing room at Selhurst Park.
According to Metro UK, England are not expected to make any managerial changes at this stage.
As such, Gareth Southgate is expected to lead The Three Lions to this summer's European Championship.
However, a poor showing at the tournament could see him axed, with Lampard, who once captained the side being drafted in as a replacement.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Frank Lampard has admitted he is disappointed he was not allowed enough time to "take the club forward" as he desired.
The 42-year-old was shown the exit doors by the Premier League outfit on Monday, January 25, after just 18 months at the helm of affairs.
They took the drastic decision following the club's recent nosedive, especially in the English topflight.