Gary Lineker has tipped Frank Lampard to enter the world of football coaching once he decides to call time on his playing career.
The New York City midfielder has given serious consideration over his next career move once he hangs up his boots and, after speaking to Lineker for the BBC’s Premier League show, the Match of the Day host took to his BBC Sport column to comment on where he saw Lampard heading next.
The ex-Leicester and Barcelona star stated his belief that Lampard bore all the hallmarks of a great football coach or manager, but added that the appeal of becoming a football pundit could potentiall sway the 38-year-old into taking up a position on the sofa in the near future instead.
Lineker wrote: “Lampard says he is very keen on getting into coaching, which is not a path too many English players of his calibre have taken recently when their playing days ended.
“Part of that is down to them having other options. Punditry is one of them and I am sure he would be very good at it – there would be plenty of people trying to get him to work for them.
“But it would be nice to see someone like Lampard go into the coaching game, with his intelligence and passion and especially because he wants to test himself as a manager.”
Lineker argued that, such was the difficulty with which English footballers found it to earn their coaching badges, that punditry could end up being Lampard’s go-to gig.
However, the 55-year-old added that he holds out hope over the former Chelsea and Manchester City star of breaking into the coaching industry, and believes Lampard would be suited to the position.
Lineker said: “We do not make it very easy for former players like him, though, because earning the coaching badges he would need to manage in the Premier League can take ex-professionals up to four and a half years if they go through the Football Association. That is an eternity.
“We should have a fast-track system for some of these ex-players, because they understand the game anyway, and they also need a bit more encouragement to get their badges.
“I don’t think we will lose Lampard to the game because of the time he takes to become qualified, because he is too important for that. He can come and work on TV – with me, for example. That would be great.
“But, seriously, it would be nice to see more English players like him who have experience at the very top going into coaching and management, because it is hard to think of any who have played at his level and are currently in management.
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