The expected early announcement of the new Derby County manager has had to be put on hold after the club received over 20 applications. Each application will be interviewed in turn, so a decision is likely to take a while.
Interviews have already begun at the club but with so many applications it is doubtful if the new manager will be chosen before the Bank Holiday.
It is not clear if the early interviewees included high profile names of Frank Lampard or Dean Smith. The pair were heading the betting yesterday evening, with Martin O’Neill, Igor Stimac, Mick McCarthy and even Nigel Clough also expected to throw their hat in the ring.
A flurry of bets has seen the odds of Frank Lampard drop from a relative outsider at 25/1 to odds-on 1/5. He has taken 36% of all bets placed during that time.
Rams owner and chairman Mel Morris is reputed to be good friends with Frank Lampard’s Uncle, who happens to be Harry Redknapp and held an advisory position at Pride Park in 2016 during the managership of Darren Wassall.
Time will tell if the bookies are correct with their odds but more speculation and a great deal of time is yet to be spent looking at all the candidates.