Two former Three Lions stars, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are set to return to take charge of two vacant managerial posts in Premier League, while Ole Solskjaer's future is precarious after the series of negative results lately.
After Newcastle and Tottenham officially have named their next boss, it is now Aston Villa's and Norwich City's turn to do so. The hunt has been done and several names have been shortlisted while the talks have been going on. These two sides have been reportedly on the verge of appointing the successors of Dean Smith and Daniel Farke respectively. They were just relieved from their positions due to the disappointing campaigns.
Aston Villa have put Steven Gerrard, the former assistant of Dean Smith's, John Terry and Ralph Hassenhutl on their candidate list, with the former Liverpool skipper as the favorite. The negotiation with his current team, Glasgow Rangers is believed to be at the final stage since the Scottish Champions is already on the lookout for Gerrard's replacement. Steven Gerrard's distinguished spell in Ibrox which led Gers to end their league title drought in 2020/21 is his most notable achievement so far.
The Canaries are on the same stage of negotiation. Frank Lampard has been touted to be the strongest candidate to take the post with the possible announcement immediately during the international break. Southampton's Ralph Hassenhutl and surprisingly the former Villa boss, Dean Smith have been on Norwich's radar as well. Should Lampard be appointed, he would be facing off Gerrard at the relegation battle anytime soon.
The former Chelsea midfielder was last under the helm of The Blues in 2019 to the end of 2020. He brought NGolo Kante and Co finish fourth in his Premier League debut and become the FA Cup 2020 runner up. Previously, he guided Derby County to the promotional play off to the top flight in 2018/19.
Meanwhile, Manchester United's current boss, Ole Solksjaer, might find that his days in Old Trafford are numbered. Although the Norwegian has been reportedly still supported by the management, there has been news stating several names have been tipped to replace him as well. Ajax's Erik Ten Hag, the father of Gegenpressing Ralf Ragnick and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers are in the mix. Ole would be expected to bounce back and pick up maximum points in the next four games after the international break, taking on Watford, Villarreal and Chelsea on the road before hosting Arsenal.
Ole's team's main flaws have been quite apparent this season with two humiliating defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City, his inability to optimise their expensive summer signings apart from CR7 plus the whole squad's potentials. His most notable accolade was Europa League runners-up in 2021 as United were unfortunate to lose out on penalties to Villarreal.