Frank Lampard becomes favourite for surprising managerial post

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This week has seen two of England's best players from the last 15 years announce they are back on the market following brief stints in the MLS.

Steven Gerrard confirmed he would be leaving LA Galaxy just a day after Frank Lampard's departure from New York City FC was also made official.

As both are approaching the final days of their playing career, it appears the only way either will make a return to the Premier League will be in a coaching capacity.

For Gerrard, a move back to Liverpool or a short playing stint for Brendan Rodgers' Celtic have both been speculated but Lampard's future looks less certain.

The 38-year-old's former club Chelsea hinted that their old hero could return by responding to a fan's Instagram post "patiently waiting...the return" of Lampard with the comment: "Hang in there!" earlier this week.

However, the latest rumour to surface about Lampard's next potential career move has caught many by surprise.

Ladbrokes have made the former England captain the 11/10 favourite to become the new manager at League One outfit MK Dons.

The Dons have been without a manager since parting company with long-serving boss Karl Robinson three weeks ago and from nowhere Lampard has emerged as his potential successor at Stadium MK.

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It will not be an easy job for whoever takes the reins, the Dons slipped into the relegation zone with Saturday's 1-1 draw at Walsall and have struggled to adapt to life back in the third tier since last year's one-season stint in the Championship.

Lampard isn't the only former Premier League legend who has been linked with the role as Gerrard and Ryan Giggs have also been given tempting odds by the bookmakers.

A spokesperson for Ladbrokes said: "Plenty of names have been linked with the League One outfit.

“But just as he used to emerge undetected in opposition territory, Lampard has quietly appeared and beaten them all in the betting.”

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MK Dons do have a history of appointing surprising candidates. Before Robinson became the youngest manager in the Football League back in 2010, Roberto di Matteo was given his first senior coaching position while Paul Ince also enjoyed two spells at the club.

Prior to Lampard's emergence, Steve Cotterill was considered the favourite to replace Robinson but chairman Pete Winkelman now has a tough decision to make.

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