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Frank Lampard RETIREES Norwich job and leaves Dean Smith as favorite

Frank Lampard tells Norwich that he is retiring from the race to be their new manager, and that the former Chelsea boss no longer wants to be considered … leaving Dean Smith as the favorite.

  • Norwich fired Daniel Farke after victory against Brentford last weekend
  • Frank Lampard has been out of work since Chelsea fired him in January
  • Dean Smith, fired last weekend by Aston Villa, is now in contention for the job


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Frank Lampard has withdrawn from the race for the Norwich post, paving the way for Dean Smith to emerge as the top contender.

Lampard had had talks with the Canaries about the replacement of Daniel Farke, but he is no longer a candidate. Sources close to the management situation at Carrow Road have told Sportsmail that they no longer want to be considered.

The development now could see Smith, who was fired by Aston Villa last week, emerge as the main target for Norwich.

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has turned down the chance to take over Norwich

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has turned down the chance to take over Norwich

Norwich fired Daniel Farke last weekend, despite posting a win over Brentford

Norwich fired Daniel Farke last weekend, despite posting a win over Brentford

Norwich fired Daniel Farke last weekend, despite posting a win over Brentford

Dean Smith, fired by Aston Villa last weekend, is now the leading candidate for the job.

Dean Smith, fired by Aston Villa last weekend, is now the leading candidate for the job.

Dean Smith, fired by Aston Villa last weekend, is now the leading candidate for the job.

Norwich is currently 20th in the Premier League table, tied on points with Newcastle with a tally of five, but ranks last due to their goal difference.

Lampard has been out of work since January, when Chelsea fired him and brought in Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.

But his withdrawal of interest in the position at Carrow Road means the path appears to be clear for Smith to quickly return to the Premier League.

Smith left Villa last Sunday and the club lost five straight Premier League games and fell to 15th place in the standings. Steven Gerrard has left the Rangers to replace him at Villa Park.

But in his three years at his childhood club, Smith pulled Villa out of the Championship and established them as a Premier League team.

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