Frank Lampard would ‘love’ the opportunity to manage in the Premier League again with the former Chelsea boss in line to succeed Steve Bruce at Newcastle United, Magpies hero Shay Given told talkSPORT (12 October, 9:00am).
Just five days after Newcastle went from rags to riches in the blink of an eye, the wealthiest football club on planet earth have been linked with a whole host of managers from proven Premier League bosses (Graham Potter, Brendan Rodgers) to experienced, European tacticians a la Lucien Favre and Paulo Fonseca.
While all this speculation may feel a little unfair given that Steve Bruce is still in a job, the man himself is under no illusions. Bruce knows he is on thin ice, cracks echoing with every step he takes.
According to Sky Sports, assistant coach Graeme Jones is likely to lead Newcastle out against Tottenham Hotspur next weekend, while Bruce consoles himself with a £7 million pay-out.
The Telegraph believes that Lampard is one of the frontrunners to take his place in the St James’ hot seat.
According to a man who worked with the former England international at Derby County, this is an opportunity Lampard would relish.
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“Steve Bruce is still the manager, albeit I know he’s on a bit of thin ice because new owners will want a new management team,” admitted Given, the legendary Newcastle goalkeeper.
“There will be a lot of people interested. Frank would love to be back involved in the Premier League.”
While there are understandable concerns about Newcastle’s Saudi Arabian owners – accusations of ‘sportswashing’ are not going away any time soon – you can understand the outpouring of positivity on Tyneside after 15 years of inertia under Mike Ashley.
Newcastle, for almost two decades, was the club where ambition went to die.
“The whole city is on cloud nine!” Given said. “Everyone’s on a high. Its great for the whole city and its exciting times to be a Newcastle fan. The players will embrace that, saying ‘I want to be part of that journey’.
“Look at where Man City are now. The players and the fans will see that but it won’t happen overnight. The training ground needs to be replaced and the stadium needs to be brought up to scratch as well but it’s a great time to be linked to Newcastle.”