Rangers manager candidate Frank Lampard looks set to miss out on the top job at English Championship side Bristol City.
The Robins are looking for a new manager following the sacking of Nigel Pearson – also tipped to take over at Ibrox – with the club losing five of their last seven league games.
Whilst Frank Lampard was extensively discussed as potential Bristol City candidate on Sky Sports it now appears as if the Ashton Gate club will move elsewhere.
Sky Sports are now reporting that Bristol City are closing in on Oxford United boss Liam Manning, who has the League One club 2nd in the English third tier.
That report claims that Bristol City had also considered Rangers-linked ex-Birmingham City coach John Eustace for the Robins job.
Former Millwall manager Gary Rowett and ex-Southampton boss Nathan Jones have also been mentioned as Bristol City look to salvage their promotion hopes this season.
It all means that Frank Lampard – who has managed Derby County, Chelsea (twice) and Everton in his career – remains out of work with his reputation dwindling by the tenuous link.
Bristol City and Rangers pass Frank Lampard by
Rangers legend Graeme Souness confirmed that the club not only interviewed Frank Lampard following the sacking of Michael Beale, but that the manager was his preferred choice
The Chelsea and England legend is a big personality and one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and did have the profile to fill the brown brogues at Ibrox.
But major doubts over Lampard’s coaching ability saw a Rangers fan mutiny amid reports in the press that the club were potentially going to hone in on the manager.
Eventually dismissing the links to Frank Lampard via trusted figures in the press and fan media, attentions quickly turned to Belgian coach Philippe Clement.
The ex-Genk, Club Brugge and AS Monaco coach has made a strong start to life in Glasgow and fans certainly feel like the club got this appointment right.
Whilst there is still a long way to go, Rangers do appear to be heading in the right direction as Frank Lampard misses amid those managerial links to Bristol City.