Former Premier League owner Simon Jordan has warned Frank Lampard he would be risking his managerial career if he succeeded Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager, speaking to talkSPORT (13 October, 11am).
Newcastle’s new owners would make even Sheikh Mansour resemble a relative pauper but, with the Magpies winless and unable to flex their financial muscles for another two-and-a-half months, no-one can be certain of an immediate turnaround on the pitch.
And while the Toon have been linked with a host of highly rated tacticians in the past week, securing Bruce’s successor may be easier said than done.
Leicester City will fight tooth and nail to retain Brendan Rodgers’ services. Erik ten Hag has already distanced himself from the role, via BILD, while an ambitious approach for Antonio Conte also looks destined to fail.
“Who are they going to get? Antonio Conte, from what I understand, isn’t interested in looking at Newcastle,” says former Crystal Palace owner Jordan.
Would Frank Lampard be a good fit for Newcastle?
On Tuesday, The Telegraph reported Lampard, nine months after being sacked by Chelsea, is one of the leading contenders for the St James’ Park dugout.
But Jordan wonders whether that would be a classic case of ‘too much, too soon’ given the 43-year-old’s lack of experience in top-level management.
“Well, good luck to Frank. That would be the end of his managerial career I think if he took that particular challenge on,” Jordan adds.
“I don’t think he’s ready for it, or the expectation, or the fact he’s working with the blind leading the blind.
“These guys (Newcastle’s owners), with respect, are going to find some real challenges. The agents must be sitting there with their eyes spinning about the opportunity that’s going to come their way.
“If I was weighing it on a probability, I would suggest Steve (Bruce) will be on the sidelines on Saturday – but football moves quickly.”