'I think': Former Chelsea player makes fresh claim about Frank Lampard

Two past Chelsea members were very much in the present today, as Olivier Giroud nominated Frank Lampard for the Newcastle United job.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Giroud suggested his former Blues boss would suit the St James’ Park dugout.

Lampard is currently being mentioned as a possible successor to Steve Bruce, following the explosive Newcastle takeover last week.

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Thanks to a huge influx of cash from the Saudi-Arabian owners, the club will surely be searching for a suitable manager to oversee the new administration.


Unfortunately, it appears Bruce is not the preferred man for the mission.

Instead, Lampard has been put forward as an alternative, just nine months after departing Stamford Bridge.

Giroud gives his Frank verdict

“Yeah, definitely, I talked to him a little bit last year,” said Giroud about the ex-England international potentially taking over the Toon army.

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“I think he is looking forward for a good challenge to come back as a manager, and I think he is a good option. Definitely. 

“I believe Newcastle is a big team in the Prem, and it’s a good challenge for him to bounce back and to show his quality.”

Giroud learned from Lampard first-hand when the pair were still part of the Chelsea contingent.

The French forward joined AC Milan over the summer, whilst Thomas Tuchel replaced the Blues record goalscorer as head coach in January.

Tuchel’s renovation has been resounding, throwing shade onto some aspects of the old regime.

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However, the offers continued to slip through Lampard’s letterbox.

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He had apparently been in the running for the Crystal Palace hot seat, which was eventually claimed by Patrick Vieira.

West Bromwich Albion also reportedly earmarked the iconic midfielder as a candidate for their vacant thrown.

Instead, they turned to Valerien Ismael, who is proving to be a shrewd appointment.

And now the Newcastle role has landed on Lampard’s doorstep.

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But is he the best fit for such a pressurised position?

The 43-year-old certainly provides the celebrity factor and pulling power for major signings.

Yet, with the Magpies currently in a relegation situation, perhaps a sturdier, more experienced campaigner would be better suited.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.