Report: Newcastle won't be appointing Frank Lampard, despite Harry Redknapp recommendation
Newcastle United will not be appointing Frank Lampard as their next manager, according to a report from 90Min.com this weekend.
Lampard has emerged as a potential target for the Newcastle owners following their takeover and subsequent relieving of Steve Bruce of his managerial duties. However, 90Min claims that Lampard will not be the new boss.
Their report claims that Lampard hasn’t even applied for the role and has cited Newcastle’s relegation struggles as one of the key reasons. Lampard, 43, has been out of work since leaving Chelsea. He was close to joining Crystal Palace in the summer, but lost out on that one to Patrick Vieira.
It means Newcastle could now press ahead with a move for Paulo Fonseca.
It’s suggested that Harry Redknapp has been spoken too by the new Newcastle owners. He has apparently recommended both Eddie Howe and Lampard for the role.
TBR’s View: Fonseca to Newcastle a go now?
You would have to assume so here. Lampard being out of the running seemingly clears a path for the Toon to bring Fonseca in.
Whether that proves to be the right move will be seen over time. Lampard would have been a good long-term coach, but there was a risk that he’d not got a record of keeping teams alive really.
That question remains around Fonseca, too, in fairness. It’s interesting that Harry Redknapp has been consulted. Is he someone the board might look to bring in as well? He’d certainly not be the worst person to look towards.
He has the experience in the top flight, and is a well-respected voice.
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