Frank Lampard ‘very keen’ to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager

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Steve Bruce looks is unlikely to hold onto the Newcastle United job much longer (Picture: Getty Images)

Frank Lampard is reportedly ‘very keen’ to become the next Newcastle United manager, with the former Chelsea boss in the running to replace Steve Bruce at the helm.

Bruce remains in charge of the Magpies and took training on Tuesday, but the Sword of Damocles hangs over him and his new employers are likely to sack him imminently.

New non-executive chairman, Yasir al-Rumayyan, and director, Amanda Staveley, have been to speak to staff at St James’ Park, but Bruce is clinging on despite reports that he could be gone by the weekend.

A string of managers are being touted as his replacement at Newcastle, with Lampard among those being considered by the new owners, the Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

The 43-year-old has been out of work since being sacked as Chelsea boss in January, but has no intention of his management career ending there.

The Times reports that the former England star is ‘very keen’ to be given another chance at Newcastle, in what would be his third job in management after the Blues and Derby County.

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Frank Lampard has quickly emerged as a front-runner to replace Bruce (Picture: Getty Images)

Lampard is available to be snapped up quickly and with no cost, which is thought to be an appealing prospect, even to the incredibly rich new owners of Newcastle.

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Sacking Bruce will cost them £8m in a payout, while they will also want to give the new manager funds in the January transfer window to reinforce in the fight against relegation.

Also in the frame to be the next Magpies’ boss are the likes of former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre, current Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and Eddie Howe.

However, moving to the shortest price with the bookmakers on Tuesday afternoon is Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, who became the favourite to be the next permanent Newcastle boss.

‘Brendan Rodgers has emerged as the new frontrunner to be named the next Newcastle manager under the new takeover. We have seen strong interest in the Leicester boss this afternoon,’ said Coral’s John Hill.


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