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Canada Soccer Shortlist Frank Lampard In Head Coach Hunt

By on April 6, 2024 0 1383 Views

Frank Lampard proved a legend for Chelsea as a player, but as a head coach things proved much more tumultuous.

That hasn’t stopped Canada Soccer from placing the former England national team midfielder on its shortlist to replace John Herdman for the Canadian men’s national team, as per Matt Law.

The surprising inclusion of Frank Lampard being placed on Canada’s shortlist comes as the country prepares for both Copa America later this year and co-hosting the FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2026.

Some salt on the rumour came after Law’s article, however, with Joshua Kloke imploring fans to pump the breaks on the idea.

Still, Canada has also been busy arranging some high-profile friendlies against the Netherlands, Mexico, and France, while Lampard recently took in some training sessions with the England national team last month.

The team has stuck with Mauro Biello in an interim role, who – after some mixed results – has managed to reach Copa America after a new-look national team roster beat Trinidad and Tobago in a must-win Match.

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has some familiarity with North American football, having ended his playing career with New York City FC eight years ago.

He had finished last season as an interim head coach for Chelsea, having previously coached them for an 18 month spell that left them ‘mid-table and without any clear path to sustained improvement’, as per the club’s own board.

That being said, he did help the Premier League side quality for Champions League and reach an FA Cup Final, before which his first managerial appointment saw him lead championship side Derby County to playoff territory.

He also had a stint in Everton last year that saw the Toffies steer clear of relegation, though he was sacked afterwards.

The full list of names on Canada Soccer’s shortlist is still unknown, as is when a permanent successor to John Herdman will be named.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti had turned heads when he said he’d be interested in the position, calling the country his ‘second home’ given that his wife is Canadian.

Canada Soccer recently brought in Golf Canada’s Kevin Blue as the federation’s new CEO and General Secretary, and he’s emphasized sorting their rocky financials as a high priority – so whether Canada Soccer could ultimately afford Lampard is also in question, as is whether the Premier League familiar would be attracted to the post.

Header Image Photo Credit: Chelsea FC

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