Frank Lampard has been named to Lyon’s management shortlist. Olympique Lyonnais are considering hiring Frank Lampard as their new manager, according to sources.
Lyon confirmed on Monday that they and previous manager Laurent Blanc had mutually agreed to a contract termination, with the club sitting at the bottom of Ligue 1 after four games this season.
Following their 4-1 humiliation at home to PSG before the international break, Lyon’s ultras delivered a passionate speech in the Groupama Stadium, asking that the playing squad not insult the shirt of such a successful club.
According to 90min, ex-Chelsea head coach Graham Potter was offered the opportunity to succeed Blanc, but he declined after meeting with Lyon owner John Textor.
According to 90min, Lyon are interested in another former Chelsea manager, with Lampard being considered a potential.
Textor, who is also a Crystal Palace co-owner, is said to hold a high regard for the former midfielder. Lampard has been regularly linked with the Eagles job in recent years.
Lampard has been out of job since the end of the 2022/23 season, when his interim tenure as Chelsea manager ended, with Mauricio Pochettino taking over in the Stamford Bridge dugout.
He started last season at Everton but was fired in January with the club in danger of relegation to the Championship.
Lampard’s first position as Everton manager came after a one-and-a-half year stint as Chelsea’s regular manager. In his only full season in command, he guided the Blues to a top-four position and the FA Cup final.
Lampard made his managerial debut with Derby County in 2018/19. Aston Villa defeated his Rams in the Championship play-off final.
Lyon admires Lampard, but he is not the only big name on their radar. Former Milan player Gennaro Gattuso is also on their shortlist, according to 90min.
Gattuso was most recently the manager of Valencia, when he left after half a season in January 2023.
The former Italy midfielder has had a turbulent management career. He was on the verge of becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach in 2021, but after a fan revolt, the club altered their plans and offered the post to Nuno Espirito Santo.
Gattuso was named Fiorentina’s new manager the same summer, but they mutually agreed to end their agreement two weeks before his contract began.