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Lampard speaks to Oxford United about manager’s job

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Frank Lampard may be getting his first stint in the manager’s hot seat.

A Sky Spors report claims Lampard will join Oxford United in League One as the club aims to make its way to the Football League Championship.

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The 39-year-old has been vocal about his desire to move into management after a celebrated playing career that saw him become a Chelsea legend and make stops at West Ham, Swansea, Manchester City, and New York City FC.

The U’s finished eighth in League One last season. Manager Michael Appleton left the club and is an assistant to Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City. Oxford won the League Cup in 1986.

Lampard seems willing to earn his stripes, though some players wait for jobs in bigger leagues. The report says the longtime England midfielder is just one of several names in the mix for the job.

Steven Gerrard’s next job: Manager in League One?

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Steven Gerrard announced his departure from the LA Galaxy earlier this week, and that may signal the end of his playing career.

Sky Sports reports that the 36-year-old Gerrard has had talks with League One side MK Dons about taking over as their manager.

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The Dons are in the third tier’s relegation scrap, and fired coach Karl Robinson in October.

Gerrard was 1:1 odds with bettors to take the field for Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, with others tabbing him for a move to Newcastle United.

Yet he could opt to begin his coaching career. Who knows if he’d considering sliding back onto the pitch if things grow more dire (See: Kevin Nolan and Ryan Giggs)?

VIDEO: “The Beast” leads Wimbledon to promotion; leaves club with epic interview

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Adebayo Akinfenwa’s time at AFC Wimbledon may be over, but he will never be forgotten.

The striker’s penalty kick deep into stoppage time sealed Wimbledon’s promotion to League One after a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle.

Headed to League One for the first time in club history, the win caps off a remarkable rise for Wimbledon that started in the ninth-tier of English football back in 2002.

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Akinfenwa, a journeyman striker in England’s lower leagues, has gained cult-hero status due to his large frame, listed at 5-foot-11-inches and weighing in at over 220 pounds, earning him the nickname “The Beast.”

Speaking to Sky Sports amid the promotion celebrations, Akinfenwa asked for other managers to shoot him a text as his contract expires with Wimbledon this summer.

It’s what dreams are made of. I’m more tired now running around [celebrating] than I was the whole game, but it’s a beautiful feeling.

Sidebar, I think I’m technically unemployed. So any managers, hit me up on the WhatsApp and get me a job.

There ain’t no better way to leave this club than to leave them promoted, it’s beautiful. For all them who said I was too big to play football, come on now.

Akinfenwa also joked about his late-match penalty, in which he was seen wrestling the ball away from teammate Callum Kennedy. When asked about the situation, Akinfenwa responded “It was just set up too beautifully, and I’m bigger than Cal, so Cal was unlucky. I’m sorry Cal K, I love you though.”

WATCH: Peterborough manager goes down as if shot by popped match ball

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Lost in the fireworks of Saido Berahino‘s brace for West Bromwich Albion in its 2-2 FA Cup tie with Peterborough United this weekend was this great bit of improv from Posh manager Graham Westley.

In a performance fitting of his club’s nickname, Westley’s trap of a deflating ball caused the orb to audibly pop.

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Quick as a whip, Westley hit the deck as if shot. It’s worth the watch.

The third-tier side will host West Brom in the replay sometime before Feb. 20’s fifth round. The winner gets Reading.

USMNT’s Gooch leaving Sunderland for loan to League One side

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Twenty-year-old American striker Lynden Gooch is taking his talents away from the Stadium of Light for a bit.

Gooch, 20, has been on the periphery of Sunderland’s First Team this year, and was the Barclays’ U-21 Player of the Month for August.

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But he hasn’t been able to break through to Sam Allardyce‘s 18, and will get a chance to shine for a Doncaster Rovers side that needs his help.

From DoncasterRoversFC.co.uk:

“I like to play in the number 10 role just behind the main striker, I hope I can bring quality to the team with lots of goals, that’s what my game is.

“I’m really excited at the potential of making my Football League debut on Saturday, I can’t wait.”

The loan is a one-month move, and will see Gooch join a club six points off the promotion playoff pace. Doncaster faces Fleetwood Town, Port Vale, Walsall, Scunthorpe in the next three weeks.

Moves like this can be quite beneficial, and even turn into longer term deals. Across the Northeast, Newcastle United youngster Adam Armstrong is starring on loan for Coventry City.