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Frank Lampard to Newcastle would be a risk for both parties


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t would be hard for Frank Lampard to turn down the Newcastle job.

But flip the scenario on its head – and it would be hard to imagine him holding onto it if he were in Steve Bruce’s position right now.

Imagine if Lampard was already in charge at St James’ Park when the Saudi takeover went through last week.

Would he be seen as the man to realise the ambitions of a club that is suddenly the richest in the world? A manager with the gravitas to attract the biggest names on the planet to Tyneside?

Or would he be just another ‘dead man walking’ as was the case for Claudio Ranieri and Mark Hughes when finding themselves in the same position at Chelsea and Manchester City respectively?

Lampard has already fallen foul of failing to meet the expectations of a billionaire owner when ruthlessly axed by Roman Abramovich at the start of the year. Even his status as the most legendary of Chelsea legends could not save him when results went south.

Newcastle are not yet at the stage where top four is the bare minimum, but they are unlikely to buy into the long-term, youth-led approach Lampard tried to instil at Stamford Bridge.

They got rich quick and will want success to be fast-tracked too.

It is easy to see the appeal of someone like Lampard – not least because he meets the primary requirement of any appointment in not-being-Steve-Bruce.

He is a glamorous name – and a very palatable frontman for an ownership that many have serious misgivings about.

But he also looks very replaceable when Newcastle get serious about winning things – perhaps as soon as their first real onslaught on the transfer market, next summer, when the world’s elite managers may be more prepared to put their name to a project that is in its infancy.


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