Where next for Frank Lampard? Southampton, Rangers or in charge of the Three Lions?

After being out of management for nearly a year, Lampard looked set to return as Norwich manager, but after Dean Smith was appointed their head coach, where else could Lampard end up?

After taking Derby County to the Championship play-offs and returning former club Chelsea to the Champions League, Frank Lampard looked to be the hottest managerial ticket in town.

But, a torrid second season in charge of the Blues saw him quickly cast aside by Roman Abramovich, and Lampard is yet to return to the sport after nearly a year out.

The 43-year-old looked set to succeed Daniel Farke at Norwich City, but talks reportedly broke down, paving the way for Dean Smith to be appointed. 

And, with the Premier League roles having dried up, Lampard may have to look to Scotland, the Championship or even the England job for his next role. Planet Sport assesses his options.

Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton, Manager odds

The Saints currently sit 13th in the Premier League which has Ralph Hasenhuttl safe for now, but should things take a turn for the worse at St Mary's, then the role looks a good fit for Lampard.

Alan Pardew is also in the running to take charge, at 5/1, but Lampard is close behind at 6s.

With a brilliant academy and plenty of potential to work with, it could be the ideal club for Lampard given his record of developing and trusting young players as a manager.

After being installed as favourite, Lampard pulled himself out of the running for the Norwich job, with an imminent return to the Championship influencing his thinking.

Southampton, though, are a far more stable Premier League club and have already had one member of the family in charge, with Lampard's uncle, Harry Redknapp, manager from 2004 to 2005. Frank will be hoping for a little more success than Redknapp, however, who took the Saints down from the Premier League and resigned the following season.

Rangers

Rangers, Ibrox Stadium, Scotland

At the same time Lampard was linked to Norwich, Steven Gerrard made the switch from Rangers to take charge of Aston Villa.

That's left the Scottish champions without a manager, and perhaps Lampard is tempted to follow in Gerrard's footsteps by taking charge at the Ibrox.

It certainly worked out for his former England team-mate, who took the Glasgow side to a league title in remarkable fashion.

After Lampard's managerial reputation was somewhat tarnished by his second season at Chelsea, Rangers could be the ideal club for him to build himself back up before returning to the Premier League.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is a strong favourite to replace Gerrard at 1/9, but should talks fall through - just as they did for Lampard at Norwich - then the Chelsea legend is second on the shortlist at 13/2.

England

Gareth Southgate England boss Hungary Oct21

Gareth Southgate could win the World Cup next year and we'd still be talking about who will replace him.

The truth of the matter is that Southgate is settled with the Three Lions, and will certainly be in charge for Qatar 2022. But, should England fail to live up to expectations, then the FA could be tempted to look elsewhere - as could Southgate, who himself could fancy a different challenge.

That opens the door for Lampard - if he is willing to wait and risk England performing terribly.

With over 100 caps for his country, there's no surprise Lampard has been continuously linked with the job, and he fits the bill as the kind of role model England want in charge.

But it seems too far in the future for Lampard to simply sit and wait, he needs to return to management sooner rather than later, and that'll have to come in club soccer.

Celtic

Celtic, Celtic Park, Scotland

Another Scottish club in the running is Celtic, who could be tempted to hire Lampard to undo all of Gerrard's hard work at Rangers and return the Bhoys to the top of the Scottish Premiership.

The Bhoys are currently led by Australian manager Ange Postecoglou, but are already playing second fiddle to Rangers following three losses in 13 games.

Having only been appointed in the summer, Postecoglou will surely be given more time before they pull the plug.

However, even if there is a sacking soon, Lampard is a rank outsider to be the next Celtic manager at 25/1, falling behind the likes of Brendan RodgersRoy Keane and Roberto Martinez.

Any MLS side

Frank Lampard, New York City FC, MLS, 2016

After the links to Norwich, it does seem as though Lampard wants to make his managerial return in England.

But if no opportunities present themselves, could he be tempted to follow Phil Neville to MLS?

It's a league growing in popularity, and if he could find success over in the States, then it's a possible avenue to re-establishing himself in England.

Lampard ended his career at New York City FC, so he already has existing links to MLS. And if he is eager to return sooner rather than later, MLS is already reaching the post-season, meaning there are likely to be a few roles that become vacant.

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