Why Frank Lampard to Newcastle would be a risk for both parties

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

Imagine if Lampard was already in charge at St James’ Park when the Saudi takeover went through 13 days ago.

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 instill at Stamford Bridge.

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

Lampard has been strongly linked with replacing Bruce after his departure was confirmed on Wednesday.

Along with Paulo Fonseca, Eddie Howe, Lucien Favre and Steven Gerrard, the former Chelsea manager is among the frontrunners for the job.

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.

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