AFTER almost six months without a job, Frank Lampard could be set for a return to management.
The former Chelsea and England ace has been linked with the vacant managerial position at League One side Oxford United.
Lampard is reportedly one of the two favourites for the job, along with Crystal Palace assistant Paddy McCarthy, as per The Portsmouth News.
The U's have been without a boss since Liam Manning left earlier this week to take over Championship side Bristol City.
Manning's appointment came despite Lampard having been backed by the bookies for the position.
Following the departure of Manning and his assistant Chris Hogg, Oxford CEO Tim Williams said in a statement: "I am hugely disappointed to be losing Liam and Chris at this stage of the season, particularly given the support they had been given.
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"However, we have already begun the process of securing the best possible candidate to replace Liam.
"This is a fantastic club with great training facilities and an exciting future – I have no doubt we will have huge interest in the role."
Oxford currently sit second in League One having won ten of their fifteen games this season.
Should Lampard make his way to Kassam Stadium, it would mark his first foray into League One in any capacity.
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Lampard's experiences outside of the Premier League are limited.
As a youngster, he was loaned by West Ham to Swansea City, who then played in the old Second Division.
Fast forward to 2018, and Lampard kicked off his managerial career with Derby County.
During his sole season in the Championship, Lampard guided the Rams to the play-off final where they ultimately lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.
In the years since he has had two stints in charge of Chelsea and one with Everton.
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