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Newcastle United: Saudis personally weighing up Frank Lampard

Newcastle United: Saudis personally weighing up Frank Lampard -Newcastle United News

According to a report by The Telegraph, a fresh twist has emerged in Newcastle United’s pursuit of a new manager – and it involves Frank Lampard.

The Lowdown: Search goes on for Bruce heir…

Following the sacking of former Magpies boss Steve Bruce, the search is set to continue for his ideal successor as PIF deliberate how best to take Newcastle into the new era.

Should Newcastle hire Frank Lampard?

Yes, get him in

Yes, get him in

No, would be out of his depth

No, would be out of his depth

Former AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has been tipped as the overwhelming favourite, and reliable reporters like Fabrizio Romano have said that progress is indeed being made in talks.

Other sources suggest that his appointment could even be made ‘official‘ soon, although conflicting updates also suggest that the search is far from over.

Sharing another twist in the quest to hire a new Newcastle manager, The Telegraph have some news.

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The Latest: Lampard name dropped…

As per reliable Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards, the Saudi Arabians – who have a majority 80% stake in Newcastle through the nation’s Public Investment Fund – are personally weighing up a ‘big name manager’ and ‘like the idea’ of hiring Lampard.

Despite his lack of silverware, with his most recent role at Chelsea proving fruitless, their attraction to Lampard is due to the ‘pulling power’ he could have for players and sponsors.

A Premier League legend, the 43-year-old is also likely to have been spoken to ‘in the last few days’, but the report is quick to stress that this hasn’t yet been confirmed.

The Verdict: Right man?

Thinking from a publicity perspective, the Magpies’ new owners may have a great point when considering Lampard for the role given his profile.

However, a footballing point of view dictates that it is very debatable that the former Derby head coach may be the right man to take Newcastle forward, given his inexperience and lack of trophies.

Given how his tenure finished at Stamford Bridge, with his win percentage only marginally better than Blues flop Andre-Villas Boas, PIF could be best served considering other candidates for the role of Bruce’s successor.

In other news: ‘In the coming week’…PIF could also turn to ‘world class’ boss over Fonseca, he wants Newcastle! Find out more here.

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