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Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have gone to head-to-head once more, but this time rather than on the pitch it was for the Aston Villa job.
Former Rangers boss Gerrard was named as the new Aston Villa manager last week, just days after the club sacked Dean Smith.
Smith was sacked by Villa after the side's 1-0 loss to Southampton before the international break.
But, according to The Sun, Gerrard faced competition for the role from an old enemy.
The Sun claim that Lampard was interviewed for the role, but Gerrard was always the overwhelming choice of the Villa board.
After the secret interview with Villa, Lampard was heavily linked with Norwich job.
Daniel Farke was dismissed by the Canaries after guiding his side to their first win of the season.
But after being interviewed while on holiday in Dubai by Norwich's director Stuart Webber, Lampard pulled himself out of the race to be named as the new gaffer.
The Chelsea legend also reportedly had talks with Crystal Palace over the summer over potentially taking over from Roy Hodgson, who had just announced his retirement.
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Gerrard said after being appointed: “Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new Head Coach.
“In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club."
- Frank Lampard
- Steven Gerrard
- Aston Villa FC
- Premier League
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