Newcastle set sights on manager Jose Mourinho said had 'great potential' in 2018 - report
A new era has arrived at Newcastle United in wake of their long-awaited and highly-anticipated takeover.
Last week, a Saudi-led consortium took over the Magpies from Mike Ashley, with many Toon army fans ecstatic over this new beginning.
Steve Bruce is currently in the St James’ Park dugout, but it remains to be seen how long he’ll remain in the role.
A report from the Daily Mail claims the new Newcastle owners have opted to sanction the £8million payoff clause in Bruce’s contract.
Indeed, The Telegraph suggests the 60-year-old could even be sacked before the Magpies’ next game.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of coaches and managers have been linked with the Newcastle manager’s job since the takeover.
According to The Sun, Frank Lampard is a leading contender for the St James’ Park reins.
The outlet claims the 43-year-old is keen on a return to the dugout, and talks could even start as soon as this week.
Lampard did well at Derby, beating Manchester United in the third round of the League Cup in 2018 and getting the Rams to within a whisker of promotion to the Premier League.
He then joined Chelsea and led them to fourth in the Premier League – qualifying for the Champions League – and the FA Cup final, despite a one-window transfer embargo.
However, the Blues opted to sack Lampard at the start of this year, replacing him with Thomas Tuchel.
Although Lampard’s time at Chelsea culminated in his dismissal, that’s not exactly rare at Stamford Bridge.
Over the years, some of the greatest managers in world football have also been sacked from the role, including Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti.
Considering it’s the middle of the season, it might prove tricky to appoint a manager who’s with another club.
And given Lampard is a decent young coach who’s shown he can cut it in the English top flight, he wouldn’t be a bad shout for Newcastle at this moment in time.