Former Chelsea player and manager Frank Lampard is now the heavy favourite to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager following the club’s takeover.
The Magpies were bought from Mike Ashley by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund last week, triggering wild celebrations in the north east as well as plenty of criticism from human rights organisations and rival fans.
However, the Premier League insists that the organisation that purchased Newcastle United will not be influenced by the state, despite Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman currently residing as the PIF’s chairman.
Unsurprisingly, the fresh cash injection has left many speculating over the future of Bruce, with the unpopular boss likely to face the sack in the coming weeks.
Ex-Chelsea boss Lampard – who spent almost 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge – has now moved out in front as the favourite to land the gig should Bruce be moved on, now 3/1 with William Hill to be appointed.
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers had previously been the favourite but after being ruled out, he has now dropped to a 14/1 outsider with the bookmaker.
Lucien Favre is second favourite to take the job, with the ex-Borussia Dortmund and Nice manager at 6/1 while Antonio Conte sits in third at 7/1.
Former Chelsea and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has talked up how Lampard could thrive at St. James’ Park, saying his former manager would be a ‘good fit.’
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“Yes, definitely,” Giroud told talkSPORT when asked whether Lampard would be a good appointment. “I talked to him a little last year and I think he’s looking forward to a good challenge to come back as a manager.
“I think it’s a good option, yeah. I believe Newcastle is a big team in the Premier League, and it is a good challenge for him to bounce back and show his quality.”
Full odds (correct at time of writing):
Frank Lampard – 3/1
Lucien Favre – 6/1
Antonio Conte – 7/1
Steven Gerrard – 12/1
Roberto Martinez – 12/1
Brendan Rodgers – 14/1
Graeme Jones – 16/1
Source by Football London