Olivier Giroud thinks 43-year-old would be successful at Newcastle United
Former Chelsea and Arsenal striker, Olivier Giroud, believes Newcastle United would enjoy success under his former manager Frank Lampard, if they appointed him.
Lampard is among the names being linked with a move to the Northeast as the PIF consortium looks to replace Steve Bruce in the coming weeks. The 43-year-old has been out of work since leaving Chelsea.
The former England midfielder was given his chance with Chelsea after impressing at Derby County in the Championship. He was praised for his use of young players, although he fell short in key areas before Thomas Tuchel took his place.
However, Giroud, who worked under Lampard at The Bridge, believes he is destined to be a top manager and thinks Newcastle could be ideal.
“But I think Frank has got the potential to become a top manager. He needs time and experience to improve himself as a coach. You cannot become a top player or manager just like that,” Giroud told The Athletic when discussing his time at Chelsea.
“Newcastle has always has been a great club in the Premier League. Obviously, not these last years but maybe 10-15 years ago they were top. Mathieu Debuchy told me it was a great place to play football and the fans are amazing. He would need a good, warm jacket to face the winter there! No, joking apart, I think he (Lampard) could be successful there.”
Lampard won 28 of his 57 Premier League games in charge of Chelsea.
Giroud, meanwhile, admitted he has a soft spot for Geordie legend, Alan Shearer.
“I love one player especially — Alan Shearer. But so many great players have played there.”
TBR’s View: Lampard for the long-term might make sense at Newcastle
There is no point in Newcastle giving a young manager the job and not giving them time. If Lampard is going to be their man, then they’ll need to back him and be patient.
In fairness to Lampard, he did a decent enough job with Chelsea. It’s just that Tuchel has taken it to the next level, and that comes with experience and knowhow.
Lampard will be back one day. But if it’s at Newcastle, then he’ll need time, money, and fan support. The last thing the club needs is to appoint someone so young, to then move them on in 6 months’ time.
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