Frank Lampard in contention for return to football as Lyon consider Chelsea legend as new boss
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Frank Lampard is among the candidates for the vacant Lyon job, it has been reported.
On Monday Lyon manager Laurent Blanc was sacked, with the team bottom of Ligue 1.
The final straw for the Lyon hierarchy was a a 4-1 home defeat by Blanc's former club Paris Saint-Germain.
Blanc subsequently left by "mutual agreement" with Lyon having claimed just a point from their four games this season, and garnered Ligue 1’s worst goal difference.
The 57-year-old was appointed Lyon manager last October and the club went on to finish last season in seventh, outside Ligue 1's European places. It was the former France boss’ first managerial role in his native country since leaving PSG after the 2015-16 season.
But Blanc averaged just 1.53 points per game, which is the worst of any permanent Lyon manager of the past 25 years apart from Sylvinho, who lasted nine league matches.
Technical director Jean-Francois Vulliez will manage the first team on an interim basis.
John Textor, who is also a minority owner of Crystal Palace, is understood to have a lot of respect for Lampard, with the former Chelsea boss having been linked with the Eagles on several occasions in recent years.
Lampard has been out of work since the end of last season when his caretaker stint in charge of Chelsea came to an end, with Mauricio Pochettino replacing him.
The 45-year-old has had a tumultuous few years in management, having been dismissed at Everton in January, with the Toffees battling relegation to the Championship.
Furthermore, in his nine games in charge of Chelsea last season he claimed just one win and two draws.
However in a previous spell in charge of the Blues Lampard claimed a top-four finish and led the club to the FA Cup final, despite a transfer ban.