Sam Allardyce has now backed Frank Lampard for the Newcastle United manager position.
The Lowdown: Rejections, rejections
As per journalist and La Liga expert Guillem Balague, the St. James’ Park faithful have now been rejected by as many as four different managers.
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After Unai Emery’s latest snub, Antonio Conte, Xavi and Joachim Low have also said no to taking over in the North East.
It means that Graeme Jones will now likely take temporary charge again at the weekend, when the Tyneside club face up against Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Latest: Lampard backed
Speaking to talkSPORT, former Magpies and England international manager Allardyce has now backed Lampard for the role, should the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium approach him over taking the job:
“If I was Lampard, I would jump at the chance! He’s rested and gained the experience, there’s no better place for him.”
The Verdict: Avoid
Lampard did well in his first season managing Chelsea, finishing in fourth spot in the Premier League table and therefore qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stages, despite having to suffer a transfer ban.
However, he was rightfully relieved of his duties in the middle of his second term after a poor run of form which saw then slip to ninth place despite big spending in the summer. Thomas Tuchel has since come in and flourished with a lot of the same players, winning the Champions League and currently sitting top of the tree in the league.
Lampard knows the top flight well from his time as a player, in which he scored eight goals and made a further seven assists against the Toon themselves (Transfermarkt), but is relatively inexperienced as a coach, compared to someone like Tuchel.
Thus, given that NUFC are in a relegation battle, the job may be too big for him at this moment in time.
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