One legend who could return to manage every Premier League club as Frank Lampard is confirmed as Chelsea boss

4 Jul

Frank Lampard has completed his return to Chelsea to succeed Maurizio Sarri as manager.

The Italian left west London in somewhat acrimonious circumstances, taking over the vacant Juventus role despite leading the club back to the Champions League and to a Europa League win in Baku.

Frank Lampard is expected to make an emotional return to Chelsea this summer

But the fans were never able to form a bond with the stoic former bank manager, with his style of football alienating Chelsea fans.

In his place, Stamford Bridge legend Lampard has taken over after leaving Derby County in the Championship.

The 41-year-old’s imminent appointment is part of a growing trend amongst top-flight clubs in the modern era.

When Rafael Benitez was relieved of his duties as Real Madrid manager in 2015, the club turned to the inexperience yet universally-liked Zinedine Zidane to steady the ship.

Zidane was an instant success as Los Blancos boss

The France legend ended up winning three Champions League trophies back-to-back during his first spell at the Santiago Bernabeu and other clubs duly began to take note.

Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho in December and replaced him with one of the heroes from the treble-winning season in 1999; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Despite speculation the club could move for Mauricio Pochettino, the Red Devils board decided to stick with the Norwegian.

So here at it got us thinking about which other legendary former players could return to manage in the Premier League.

Scroll down to see who your club go for in the not-so distant future!

AFC Bournemouth – Carl Fletcher

Carl Fletcher has worked with Bournemouth’s academy players in the past

The Wales international made 193 appearances for the Cherries, scoring 19 goals before moving to West Ham United.

Upon his retirement, Fletcher took charge of Plymouth Argyle in 2011 and was later given the job on a permanent basis until 2013.

Since then, the 39-year-old has won the regional EFL Youth Alliance Cup final with the Bournemouth Under-18 side, before stepping up to manage the Under-23 side. He now manages their loan deals.

Given his extensive knowledge of the club’s youth team programme, the natural succession would be for Fletcher to take over as first team coach in the same way current boss Eddie Howe did.

Arsenal – Patrick Vieira

Arsenal’s current crop of players would be whipped into shape by Vieira

Although currently linked with the Newcastle United job, the former Arsenal captain is in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice and impressing in France.

A box-to-box midfielder who took no prisoners, Vieira won the Premier League title in 2004 at Highbury after leading the team to an entire season unbeaten.

While there is no suggestion the 43-year-old would be capable of performing such miracles again, his spell at MLS side New York City suggested he has the potential to go to the very top.

Adopting a free-flowing, attacking, high-press system, it may not be long before the World Cup winner is linked with a return to the Emirates.

Aston Villa – Gareth Southgate

The former centre-half captained Villa during his spell in the West Midlands

While football may well be coming home in 2022, Southgate’s role as England manager will not last forever.

The former centre-back captained the club during his six-year spell there and he has continued to display incredible leadership qualities as a manager.

He took charge of the England Under-21 side in 2013, before stepping up to manage the senior side where he guided the Three Lions to a fourth-placed finish at the 2018 World Cup.

Dean Smith has done an incredible job getting the Villans back to the Premier League, but the club are backed by wealthy investors and getting a marquee name like Southgate in one day remains a possibility.

Brighton and Hove Albion – Bruno

Bruno is now part of the Brighton coaching staff

When Graham Potter took charge of Brighton after Chris Hughton, the former Swansea boss insisted on appointing Bruno to his coaching staff.

After 234 appearances for the Seagulls across a seven-year spell, the 38-year-old will now take on the role of senior player development coach.

His retirement after the final game against Manchester City was not a surprise given his age, but the loyal fans will still miss him.

Provided he can excel in his first coaching role, it may not be long before fans begin to clamour for their hero to return to the Amex as boss.

Burnley – Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander was a loyal servant to the Clarets

With his Copa Mundial boots, his rough stubble and steely glare, Alexander was the ultimate throwback footballer. At the age of 37, he played in all of Burnley’s 61 Championship and Cup games that season ending with the 1–0 play-off final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley which took the Clarets back to the top-flight of English football for the first time in 33 years.

A consummate professional and a fan favourite for his uncompromising displays at right-back, Alexander was loved at Turf Moor despite his spells with local rivals Preston.

The current Salford boss has the managerial pedigree as well, taking charge of Preston, Fleetwood and Scunthorpe.

Sean Dyche has made a huge impression at Burnley with his honesty and insistence on hard work. Few characters within football better embody such traits than 47-year-old Alexander.

Chelsea – Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard has taken charge of his former side

The appointment of Lampard as Chelsea boss could well be a masterstroke from Roman Abramovich.

A transfer ban for two windows means the former England midfielder cannot fall victim to the same mistake of previous managers; being judged on his signings.

With Sarri, it was Jorginho and with Conte it was Morata. Both ended up being scapegoats for the failures of the men who signed them. The 41-year-old can instead focus on promoting younger players through to the senior side and developing an ethos at Stamford Bridge.

The pressure on Lampard will be minimal and he is likely to be given time and support from the adoring Chelsea fans.

Crystal Palace – Chris Coleman

The former Wales boss is available after being sacked by Hebei China Fortune

Coleman’s last few stints in management have been failures.

After just six months in charge of Sunderland, Coleman was ‘relieved of his duties’ following the club’s relegation to League One. And he incurred the same fate as manager of Hebei China Fortune, losing his job last month.

But anyone who knows football will tell you those two jobs are not a true reflection of a manager’s capabilities. As the Wales manager, Coleman lead his country to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 – managing to get the best out of Gareth Bale.

At 71, Roy Hodgson may not have long left at the top and Coleman could well be in line to replace him. It would certainly be a popular move, he was voted into the Eagles’ Centenary XI in 2005.

Everton – Mikel Arteta

The Spaniard is currently Pep Guardiola’s number two at Man City

Mikel Arteta arrived at Goodison Park after spells with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Rangers, and Real Sociedad. So it was fair to say fans were not sure what to expect when the midfielder arrived on loan in 2005.

But David Moyes found a gem and, for just £2million the following summer, Arteta made his move permanent. The Toffees went from relegation candidates to European contenders and much of that success was down to the attacking midfielder.

Since retiring, the Spaniard has taken his coaching badges and worked extensively with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

He is highly-rated, with former side Arsenal agonisingly close to appointing him last summer. Just as in 2005, Everton could move quickly and shrewdly to appoint the 37-year-old as boss if Marco Silva does not work out.

Leicester City – Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh literally put his body on the line for Leicester on plenty of occasions

Steve Walsh is truly a Foxes legend after his 14 years of service to the club and embodied what the club was about to supporters; with his combative, never-say-die approach to the game.

Walsh literally put his body on the line for Leicester during his 449 games for the club, and he is paying the price for his commitment now.

He may not have been born in Leicester – he was born in Fulwood, Lancashire and began his career at Wigan Athletic – but he is an adopted son of the city and still lives in Leicester, working in an ambassadorial role while running the Advanced Football Development Academy with former team-mate Muzzy Izzet.

Should Brendan Rodgers ever decide to leave, the popular move for fans would surely be appointing Walsh. The former centre-half loves the club almost as much as them.

Liverpool – Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has started his managerial career at Rangers

Although it would be virtually impossible for Liverpool fans to think of anyone more suited to the Anfield hot seat than Jurgen Klopp right now, football works in mysterious ways.

The German has taken the club from struggling to qualify for the Europa League to winning the Champions League.

But Klopp is unlikely to stay with the Reds forever, and Gerrard may well be a ready-made replacement. The former Liverpool captain is establishing himself as a progressive and no-nonsense manager up at Rangers an there could hardly be a more popular appointment.

Owner John Henry has shown in the past he is willing to make sentimental choices to appease the fans, appointing Sir Kenny Dalgleish as boss after sacking Roy Hodgson.

Manchester City – Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany left City in the bets way possible

After more than decade with City, Vincent Kompany bowed out as captain of a treble-winning side, whose 25-yard screamer against Leicester City to help seal it, will be forever etched into the club’s history.

His return to Anderlecht is not entirely sentimental however, with Kompany acting as a player-manager.

Given how well the centre-back lead the Citizens during his spell at the back, his leadership qualities will surely translate into management easily.

After back-to-back Premier League titles, City will want to carry on Pep Guardiola’s work at the Etihad. And who better than his former captain?

Manchester United – Roy Keane

The Irishman would have no problem laying down the law at Old Trafford once again

Although his managerial career is nowhere near as glittering as his playing days, Keane has the necessary ‘X Factor’ which United could really do with.

The former Red Devils captain literally dragged his teammates to victory at times at Old Trafford and, despite not being the most technically-gifted player, Keane had an insatiable desire to win.

His previous comments about members of the current United squad would have to be addressed, but he would fear no man in the dressing room and could instil a real winner’s mentality which has been missing for too long.

After leaving Nottingham Forest last month, the Irishman is targeting a return to management and there would surely be plenty of supporters who would love to see him barking orders from the touchline.

Newcastle United – Les Ferdinand

Ferdinand is rated extremely highly within the world of football

Back in the 90’s, Newcastle were renowned for their swashbuckling-style and Laissez-faire attitude to defending which made them a joy to watch and serial Premier League contenders.

England striker Les Ferdinand was a key part of that, with his goals for the Magpies made him a cult hero in the North-East.

Since retiring, Ferdinand has worked closely with QPR and was appointed to the Director of Football role. He is extremely highly-rated within the game and there was talk of him succeeding Dan Ashworth at the FA.

The Geordies could desperately do with cheering up after Rafael Benitez’s departure and, given how frugal owner Mike Ashley can be, appointing the 52-year-old could prove to be more cost-effective.

Norwich City – Russell Martin

Martin spent nine years at Carrow Road

Known as the ‘Norfolk Cafu’ for his rampaging displays at right-back, Martin quickly established himself as a fan favourite amongst Norwich City supporters.

After joining from Peterborough on a loan deal in 2009, the Scotland international filled in a variety of roles and became a dependable member of two promotion-winning sides to the Premier League.

In 2018, he signed for Walsall in a player-coach role before moving to MK Dons where he is still plying his trade.

During an interview with The Canary Magazine, published April 2013, Martin revealed his desire to take up management after the end of his playing career, stating, ‘I would eventually love to come and manage Norwich.’

Sheffield United – Phil Jagielka

Jagielka shot to fame while playing for Sheffield United, before making a name for himself at Everton

Phil Jagielka is currently training with Burnley after his release by Everton, but do not be surprised if he moves into a coaching role in the not-too distant future.

The centre-back started his career with Sheffield United, cementing his position as a legend when he featured in goal for 34 minutes against Arsenal in 2006 and kept a clean sheet at Bramall Lane.

A consummate professional, Everton fans have called for the 36-year-old to be brought back to Goodison Park as a defensive coach to help Marco Silva.

But if the Toffees fail in their attempts, there is no reason why the Blades should not consider their former hero i some sort of coaching capacity to start.

Southampton – James Beattie

Beattie has worked at Birmingham, Middlesbrough and Leeds as a coach

While Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney were undoubtedly England’s best striking options after the turn of the Millennium, Beattie was firmly on their coat tails.

The Southampton striker struggled with injuries on the south coast, but was still revered as one of the most dangerous strikers in the top flight and almost lead the Saints to an FA Cup win in 2003.

Since retiring, he has spent time working as a coach for Swansea, Middlesbrough, Leeds and now at Birmingham.

Ralph Hasenhüttl has done well thus far at Southampton, but bringing Beattie in to his coaching staff would be a popular move with fans and could pave the way for him to succeed the German in years to come.

Tottenham Hotspur – Jurgen Klinsmann

Klinsmann enjoyed two spells in north London

It wasn’t just Spurs fans who fell in love with Jurgen Klinsmann when he arrived at White Hart Lane, the striker endeared himself to the public as well.

The German was Public Enemy No.1 when he arrived in 1994 for his role in England’s World Cup exit in 1990.

But Klinsmann’s humour and self-deprecation (as well as his clinical prowess) made him a hero and he was even inducted into Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

His work with both the Germany and USA national teams focused on building legacies and playing expansive and attacking football.

Developing youth players and developing a strong sense of unity are two key qualities Mauricio Pochettino has tried to instil.

Watford – Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney taking on a player-manager role would appease plenty of Watford fans

Although his managerial experience is limited, Deeney would have no problem getting the best out of players.

A powerful striker plucked from Walsall, the Englishman is a certified legend for the Hornets with his brutally honest assessment of himself and opposition teams a refreshing listen for fans.

The 31-year-old is by no means getting towards the end of his career, but a move into a player-coach role could be on the cards.

Much like Kompany with Anderlecht, Deeney would be respected and feared in equal measure by his teammates and would have no problem laying down the law.

West Ham United – Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick is a product of West Hams academy

Often criminally underused and underrated, Carrick may well get the recognition he deserves as a manger.

The Geordie came through the famed ‘Academy of Football’ at West Ham before a spell at Tottenham convinced Sir Alex Ferguson to part with more then £18m to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford.

A cultured midfielder with a superb array of passing, the 37-year-old possessed an aura about him on the pitch,.

It is clear to see he has taken this into coaching as well, he has worked alongside both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the Red Devils. If he can sharpen his tools at Old Trafford, a role for the Hammers to replace Pellegrini could be in the offing.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Robbie Keane

Keane made his name in English football scoring goals for Wolves

Keane may have only spent a brief part of his career at Molineux, but he made an impact.

The 38-year-old started his career with Wolves before joining Coventry. A succession of moves across the continent followed (including Inter Milan) before he found his calling at Tottenham.

A sharp and clinical striker, Keane was a nightmare for defenders with his energy and inventive style of play – he could make goals out of virtually nothing.

Currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland and involved in the coaching set-up at Middlesbrough, there would be no reason why the Tallaght-native could not move into club management.

Where to better to start it than the very same place he began his playing career?

One player from Premier League club who needs a loan move during January transfer window, including Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United outcasts

13 Jan

For some players, January is the perfect time to seek a loan move after warming the bench all season.

Disgruntled or fed-up footballers will look to start afresh this month and use the rest of the campaign to get back up to speed with some playing time in another environment.

Moreno has lost his place at Anfield to Andy Robertson

And this month has already been busy, with Jermain Defoe leaving Bournemouth to join Steven Gerrard’s Rangers on a temporary basis, as well as Jason Puncheon hopping from Crystal Palace to Huddersfield until the end of the season.

But there are still many who could move elsewhere – below, looks at a player from each of the 20 Premier League clubs who needs a loan move to reinvigorate their campaign…

Arsenal – Eddie Nketiah

The 19-year-old broke through the ranks under Arsene Wenger in the cup tournaments but has found his playing time limited by Unai Emery.

Having made just a solitary appearance in the Premier League as substitute, a move away for the youngster could be beneficial for both parties.

Arsenal fans will tell you the striker has bags of potential but he will not be displacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette any time soon.

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Nketiah could seek a loan move away from Arsenal

Bournemouth – Jordan Ibe

The Cherries winger was once hailed as a player with bags of potential when breaking onto the scene at Liverpool.

However, he was sold to Bournemouth and his career hasn’t taken off as expected on the south coast.

He is playing second fiddle to Ryan Fraser and Josh King, and a loan move away would be best for the former Wycombe Wanderers player to remind Eddie Howe of his talent.

Ibe has made just nine league appearances this season.

A talented, yet frustrating player, Ibe has struggled for consistency since his move from Liverpool

Brighton – Bruno

The Seagulls skipper has been a brilliant servant to the club, making 219 league appearances for the south coast outfit and captaining them in their promotion to the Premier League.

However, at the age of 38, Hughton has started to restrict his appearances in the first team.

His age seems to be catching up with him with little injuries cropping up in recent months.

A loan move away could be beneficial for the defender before calling it a day on a long career, although after making his name as a legend for the club he will likely see out his contract.

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Skipper Bruno could leave Birghton on loan

Burnley – Joe Hart

The goalkeeper seemingly got his career back on track at the start of this season after sealing a permanent move away to Burnley in the summer.

But after a poor run of games and the return of Tom Heaton from injury, Hart has once again found himself surplus to requirements at his club.

The former England shot-stopper looks to have past his best, but could seek one final move away in the hope of having one more shot at regaining some good form.

Burnley’s Championship neighbours Preston are reportedly offering Hart a Turf Moor escape route until the end of the season.

Hart has been replaced by Heaton as Burnley’s No.1

Cardiff – Lee Peltier

The defender has made 120 league appearances for the Bluebells but this season he has found himself on the sidelines for Neil Warnock’s side – having made just six appearances.

Centre-backs Sean Morrison and Sol Bamba has seen Peltier’s minutes limited and he may wish to move away to get some regular playing time.

At 32, he could be a useful player at the back for a Championship side with the experience he possesses.

Peltier has had limited game time this season

Chelsea – Davide Zappacosta

The Italian full-back signed for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in 2017 for £23million from Italian side Torino but has failed to break into the starting XI for the west London side.

Having made just 24 appearances for the Blues in almost two years, a loan move away could be best for the Italian in order to get regular playing time as he reaches the peak years in his career.

He was not even in Maurizio Sarri’s matchday squad against Newcastle on Saturday and must seek a loan to prove his worth to his new manager.

Sub: Davide Zappacosta - 5
Zappacosta has struggled to break into the first team for Chelsea

Crystal Palace – Joel Ward

The right-back had been a regular for the Eagles since their Premier League journey began in 2013.

But the emergence of rising star Aaron Wan-Bissaka has restricted the full-back to just two Premier League appearances this term.

The right-back signed a new three-and-a-half deal at Selhurst Park but will want more game time.

At the age of 29, a move away could be beneficial for the Englishman rather than sitting on the bench for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Out: Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) - £4.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice
Ward has been replaced by Wan-Bissaka

Everton – Oumar Niasse

The Senegalese striker is reportedly keen on a move away from Goodison Park.

The forward has appeared just seven times in all competitions this term and has found himself behind Richarlison and Cenk Tosun in Marco Silva’s pecking order.

Cardiff City are reportedly interested in signing Niasse and he is also attracting interested abroad from Turkey, with Galatasaray willing to take him on loan.

Niasse has proven he can score goals in the top flight after netting eight times last season, but he has struggled this term having not scored in his six appearances.

Oumar Niasse’s goals have won Everton seven points this season
Niasse has struggled for game time this season

Fulham – Marcus Bettinelli

Bettinelli earned an England call-up earlier this season but his fortunes have changed since then.

The keeper was instrumental in the Cottagers’ promotion to the top flight last season but has found himself replaced by summer recruit Sergio Rico since Claudio Ranieri took over.

At just 26, Bettinelli will need regular game time if he is to be rewarded with another Three Lions call-up and there will be many takers for the shot-stopper.

Bettinelli earned an England call-up earlier this season

Huddersfield – Tommy Smith

Terriers boss David Wagner preferred Florent Hadergjonaj on the right side of his defence last season and this has not changed this term.

Smith has made just four league outings so far this season and should now seek a move away after spending a season-and-a-half as a back-up.

After captaining Huddersfield to promotion, many lower league clubs will be interested in his signature.

Huddersfield – Tommy Smith is one booking away from a suspension
Smith has hardly played for Huddersfield this season

Leicester – Adrien Silva

The Portuguese midfielder joined Leicester 16 months ago for the healthy sum of £25million – but his Foxes tenure got off to the worst possible start when his registration was withheld after missing the transfer deadline by 14 seconds.

Since then it hasn’t got much better for the playmaker, who has only made 20 appearances in almost a year and half with the club, and it has been reported he could be on his way back to Sorting Lisbon this month.

Turkish side Fenerbache are also said to be interested in Silva.

11. Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon to Leicester) - £22million
Silva has endured a torrid time at Leicester

Liverpool – Alberto Moreno

Since Andrew Robertson’s arrival from Hull City Alberto Moreno has found himself regularly warming the bench for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Spaniard has made just two Premier League appearances and last month he hit at out at his coach for not playing him at all after his ankle injury.

The left-back reportedly has several offers to leave the Reds permanently, including back to Sevilla, but Klopp is unlikely to sell him permanently with no direct replacement for Robertson.

Moreno wants to return to La Liga

Manchester City – Phil Foden

Although Foden has undoubtedly had his playing time increased by Pep Guardiola this season, and in recent matches scored his first goals for the club, a move away on loan could really aid the youngster.

As seen by Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson’s success abroad, the teenager could seek a move away with many top European clubs keen to bring him in.

He has featured in eight league games this season but did not make their starting XI in the 9-0 victory against Burton – a game he really could have started.

After extending his City deal until 2024, a loan move could help Foden’s development significantly.

Foden could move abroad like Sancho and Nelson

Manchester United – Andreas Pereira

The Brazilian midfielder has been with the Red Devils since 2014 but has struggled to break into the first team.

He has been on two loans with Granada and Valencia and had reasonable success in both of them.

But he is not in Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s starting plans and did not impress in Man United’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Reading.

Pereira has not started enough games this season

Newcastle – Jacob Murphy

Unlike his brother, Josh, at Cardiff, Murphy has struggled to adapt to life with the Magpies.

Rafael Benitez signed the winger from Norwich  in 2017 for £13million and there was excitement over his arrival.

But he has failed to make an impression for the Tyneside club having scored just once in 34 top-flight appearances.

Murphy has been disappointing for Newcastle

Southampton – Mohamed Elyounoussi

Saints fans have been a little disappointed with their summer recruit, who signed from Basel for £16million by Mark Hughes.

The Norweigan winger has made 12 Premier League appearances and failed to record a goal or an assist so far this season.

He also seems to be out of favour with Ralph Hasenhuttl, and could be moved out on loan this month after his unsuccessful spell.

Elyounoussi has struggled for game time since Hasenhuttl was appointed Saints manager

Tottenham – Vincent Janssen

The Dutch striker has struggled with injury this term but recently stunned Spurs fans with an appearance for the Under-23s as they thought he had left the club.

The forward was signed from AZ Alkmaar and was seen as a player with a lot of pedigree after winning the Golden Boot in the Eredivisie.

However, he is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans and could be a handy loan acquisition for a relegation struggler for the rest of the season.

Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen to join Turkish side Fenerbahce on loan for the rest of the season
Janssen has struggled with injury at Spurs this season

Watford – Heurelho Gomes

The former Spurs keeper was a regular last season but was eventually replaced by Orestis Karneziz in the second half of the campaign.

Ben Foster has now become Watford’s No.1 and has been standout performer for the Hornets.

A loan move away for the Brazilian could be a good way for Gomes to have one last go as a club’s No.1 as he reaches the end of his career.

Gomes has been replaced by Foster as Watford’s No.1

West Ham – Adrian

The keeper has been playing second-fiddle at the London Stadium since the arrival of Lukasz Fabianksi from Swansea.

Fabianski has been brilliant between the sticks for the Hammers and Adrian has a monumental task to displace the Pole.

The Spaniard has shown glimpses of quality with West Ham and should seek a loan move as he is now 32-years-old and needs regular game time.

Adrian has been replaced by Fabianski

Wolves – Leo Bonatini

The Brazilian striker was a key member of Nuno’s squad in their promotion last season, notching up 12 goals as Wolves topped the Championship.

But he has had his playing time cut with the arrival of Raul Jimenez, who has been lethal in front of goal this season.

Bonatini hasn’t started a league game this term and he’ll undoubtedly be a target for many a Championship club as a proven goalscorer in that league.

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Bonatini was lethal for Wolves last season