Norwich manager odds: Lampard emerges as favourite to replace Farke

Despite winning their first game of the season against Brentford, Norwich decided to part ways with Daniel Farke, and are now in search of a new manager to keep their survival hopes alive.

After four years in charge of the Canaries, Daniel Farke left Carrow Road on something of a high after beating Brentford 2-1 to claim Norwich's first three points of the season.

The result temporarily lifted them up to 19th before Newcastle's draw with Brighton dumped them back down to the bottom.

With just five points this season, Norwich already find themselves five away from safety and the board decided now was the time to act.

Whoever enters the door will know the challenging task that awaits, but Norwich's Premier League status means there are still plenty of big names on the shortlist.

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard Chelsea manager Jan21

The immediate favourite following Farke's departure is former Derby and Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard.

The 43-year-old has been out of management since being sacked by Chelsea in January, but he's been linked with a number of vacancies, Norwich being the latest.

With strong ties to the Premier League from his playing days, it seems only a matter of time until Lampard is back in the top flight of English soccer. And, with a decent track record with Derby in the Championship, he won't be fazed by the drop down should Norwich fail to survive this season.

However, it would be surprising to see Norwich lean towards a manager with no experience of a survival struggle.

Russell Martin

Russell Martin, Swansea manager, Norwich City

Another young manager in the running is Russell Martin, who currently leads Swansea City in the Championship.

Aged just 35, Martin has taken the Swans up to 12th in the Championship, and is known for playing a possession-based style.

His first stint in management came at MK Dons, who he'd also played for, and his attractive, open style was praised by both fans and pundits.

Back in March, Martin's MK Dons side broke the British record for the most passes (56) leading to a goal, beating even the likes of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

And while Farke didn't have much success in the Premier League, he always insisted upon sticking with his free-flowing style. The Norwich higher-ups will want a similar philosophy in their new coach.

The only issue with Martin is whether he'd take the role just months after starting the season with Swansea.

It's likely that he'll be leading Norwich in the Championship next season anyway, so he could be tempted to just stay put in Wales for the time being.

Kjetil Knutsen

Kjetil Knutsen, manager, FK Bodo, Norwich City

A slightly more experienced option is the current manager of Norwegian side, FK Bodo/Glimt.

Knutsen has been in management since 1995 and has enjoyed plenty of success in Norway, where he's made FK Bodo a title-challenging side.

As recently as 2017, the club played in Norway's second tier. Knutsen took charge in 2018 and transformed the club, winning their first league title in 2020 and looking set to add another to his trophy cabinet this season.

However, it's not the best time for Norwegian managers with a history of success in their native country as Manchester United fans will testify.

Mark Robins

Mark robins, Coventry City, Championship, Manager

Former Norwich player Mark Robins is also on the shortlist, but it'll take some convincing to poach him from Coventry City, who currently sit fourth in the Championship.

The 51-year-old has led the Sky Blues since 2017 and has taken them from League Two to the heights of the Championship.

While the Premier League will be tempting, Robins' side look set to make another promotion push of their own, and the prospect of gaining top-flight status at Coventry will surely be enough to keep him where he is.

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce Newcastle manager Jul21

After being hounded out of Newcastle United, the best way for Bruce to answer his critics would be to take charge of Norwich and keep them up.

To do so, he'll have to battle with his former side, who sit level on points with Norwich after 11 games.

Whether or not Bruce is prepared to immediately return to management is another question, but he'd certainly get more backing - and support - at Norwich than he did on Tyneside.

One thing the 60-year-old doesn't guarantee, however, is an attractive style of play. If Norwich do lean towards Bruce as their Premier League saviour, it's more likely to be an ugly scrap than an elegant escape.

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard Rangers Europa League Sep21

As well as Lampard, another Premier League icon linked with the job is Steven Gerrard, who may be beginning to feel he has taken Rangers as far as he can.

Gerrard's side currently sit top of the table in Scotland, but a return to England seems inevitable, the only question is whether Gerrard is willing to risk his reputation at the sinking ship of Norwich.

His start to life as a manager has been superb, and his presence alone will be enough to inspire the Norwich squad, but there's no denying that - like Lampard - Gerrard has no experience of turning things around at a relegation-bound side.

He seems to be saving himself for the Liverpool job when Jurgen Klopp eventually departs, and being relegated with Norwich will not help his CV. While it's an exciting name for Norwich fans to throw about, it seems unlikely.

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