Brendan Rodgers deals blow to Frank Lampard’s ambitious scheme with Man Utd comments

Brendan Rodgers has poured cold water over Frank Lampard’s ambitious managerial plans with his latest comments on the Manchester United job. Rodgers is the favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford if the latter is sacked but seems settled at Leicester City.

United have reportedly accepted that a managerial change is required after recent dismal home results against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Good performances by Solskjaer’s side have been far and few this season, with inevitable brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo regularly saving the situation from becoming a disaster.

Amid his successful tenure at Leicester, Rodgers is the United board’s ‘preferred candidate’ to replace the Norwegian club legend at the helm.

And after backing out of negotiations with Norwich City earlier this month, Lampard is reportedly eyeing the King Power Stadium hotseat if, or when, Rodgers leaves.

But ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea, Rodgers has emphasised his commitment to Leicester and criticised ‘disrespect’ towards Solskjaer.

He told reporters: “Firstly, it’s really disrespectful for you to ask the question when there is a manager in place at the club.

“Secondly, I can’t comment on it because it’s not real. I’m proud to be here at Leicester City. The only thing I’m thinking about is Chelsea and getting ready for that.

“It’s frustrating for supporters and my players, but from a personal perspective, it’s something that it’s in the modern game, but something I have no focus on whatsoever.”

Lampard has been linked with the Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Norwich jobs since his Chelsea exit at the start of the year.

He was in advanced talks with the latter but pulled out before they recruited recently-sacked Aston Villa boss Dean Smith.

But the 43-year-old remains without a club as he ‘keeps one eye’ on Rodgers’ situation.

Rodgers appears entirely focused on the job at hand at Leicester, though, especially whilst Solskjaer continues as United manager.

Despite his side’s current rut, Solskjaer has the chance to turn things around after keeping his position over the international break.

The upcoming trips to Watford, Villarreal and Chelsea and the following home clash with Arsenal will undoubtedly be crucial.

But United must start consistently performing and garnering results if they’re to avoid their campaign plummeting into a write-off.

If it’s the same story in the next few weeks, the domino effect could lead to Lampard getting his chance of a Premier League return at Leicester.

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