Sheffield United face a big few months as a club, with the successor to Chris Wilder being one of the biggest and most important decisions in years.
Names are already being put in the frame to take over from Wilder. Some, expectedly, inspire more confidence than others.
Slavisa Jokanovic is the name which has got some United fans excited. Sky reported yesterday that the former Fulham boss may be interested in taking over at Bramall Lane. Other names, such as Karl Robinson and Michael Appleton may not incite such a positive response from Blades fans.
But one name who could be up to the job and could well fit the model of the club going forward, is ex-Chelsea and Derby boss, Frank Lampard.
Currently out of work since leaving the Blues, Lampard would be a big coup for any club and is bound to be on the list of a number of clubs this summer.
Lampard and Sheffield United – A surprise match made in heaven?
Frank Lampard is definitely in the early days of his managerial career but he already has experience at the highest of levels.
Yes, some will argue he got the Chelsea job thanks to his name and time with the club as a player. But it’s easy to forget he came within one game of seeing Derby to promotion back in 2019.
Interestingly, that squad was one made up of young, exciting players. The likes of Jayden Bogle thrived, while Harry Wilson – who we’ve mentioned on this site before as a potential signing – and Mason Mount, both excelled.
The Blades squad is made up of young players itself. The likes of Rhian Brewster, Oli McBurnie, Sander Berge, and the aforementioned Bogle, would surely love working under Lampard.
And with the club’s model going into the summer said to be one which will look at Premier League loans, what better man to have at the helm to attract those players than an England legend like Lampard.
Of course, it would be an appointment which would divide opinion. Further, whether Lampard would even consider a move to Bramall Lane, remains to be seen.
But if United want a name and someone who the younger players will look up to, then Lampard could be the man for the job. Having just come out of the game himself not long ago, he understands the demands on a ‘modern footballer’.
Prince Abdullah faces a huge call in the coming months. Lampard, then, should be someone he is at least considering.