Frank Lampard is planning to bring Chelsea coach Joe Edwards to Norwich City if the former is eventually appointed as the club’s new permanent boss, according to reports. Lampard is believed to be closing in on a long-awaited return to management with the Canaries, who are firmly embroiled in the battle for Premier League survival at the wrong end of the table.
Norwich have only managed to win once all season and are widely considered to be among the favourites to be relegated at the end of the campaign.
They decided to part ways with former boss Daniel Farke before the international break and have been strongly linked with a move for Lampard in the days since.
The Chelsea legend has been out of work since leaving his position in charge of the Blues in January after a disappointing run of results.
However, he is said to be closing in on the Norwich job after holding productive talks with the club’s hierarchy over the last few days.
It seems as though Lampard will be looking to raid his former club for the services of Edwards if he manages to agree a deal with Norwich in the near future.
The Chelsea coach has been identified as Lampard’s first-choice assistant ahead of his potential appointment at Carrow Road, according to Nizaar Kinsella.
It is claimed that Jody Morris, who played second fiddle to Lampard during his spells in charge of Derby County and then Chelsea, is not expected to follow the Blues legend to Norwich.
Morris is said to be holding out for a senior role elsewhere, leaving Edwards as the preferred candidate to help out in Norfolk.
The latter has been responsible for accelerating the progress of a number of Chelsea’s young stars, including the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James in recent years.
He formed part of Lampard’s backroom staff at Stamford Bridge and has remained on their books following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel in January.
Edwards has been a key member of Chelsea’s coaching team since 2004 and is valued highly by those in west London.
It remains to be seen whether he will be allowed to link up with Lampard if the former England midfielder eventually takes charge of Norwich over the coming days.
Lampard revealed earlier this year that he would be more than happy to return to the dugout, insisting that he has not been deterred by the circumstances surrounding his Chelsea exit last season.
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“I’m certainly not put off, I love the job, I love the challenge of it,” he told the BBC.
“I had two great experiences at Derby and then at Chelsea and I’d love to get back in and at the right time.
“Obviously you never want to lose a job, I’m in pretty good company at Chelsea. It happens, it’s the brutal reality of football at the top level.
“With reflection, I’ve had a few months out now, it’s been nice to spend some time out of the game. I’m pretty proud at the job I did, it was an honour to manage the club.”