According to the Mirror, Frank Lampard is no longer in contention to be the next Newcastle manager.
It was reported last week that PIF liked the idea of appointing someone like the ex-Chelsea boss because he was a big name. The Telegraph stated that they believe he could attract better players and sponsors to the club.
It has also been claimed that the former England midfielder is who Jamie Reuben wants to replace Steve Bruce.
However, it looks like Lampard won’t be on his way to St James’ Park anytime soon.
The Mirror state that the 43-year-old has concerns about the Magpies staying in the Premier League, and has pulled out of the race to become the next Toon boss.
While this may be considered a blow by some members of the consortium, perhaps it is a blessing in disguise.
Frank Lampard wouldn’t have been an enticing choice as Newcastle manager
When rumours of Lampard to Newcastle first emerged, fans were far from enthused.
There have been better names linked, and Lampard’s lack of experience certainly works against him.
He only spent one season at Derby where he narrowly missed out on promotion before shockingly getting the Chelsea job.
He lasted a season and a half at Stamford Bridge, with things turning sour very quickly towards the end of his tenure.
At Chelsea, Lampard’s side struggled defensively. Considering that’s one of our biggest issues at Newcastle right now, perhaps he wouldn’t be a good fit.
His work with youth players was the biggest highlight of his Chelsea reign, but that was somewhat thrust upon him due to the club’s transfer ban. And even if he did come to Newcastle, we don’t have the same calibre of youngsters as Chelsea that Lampard could mould.
The reported reason for Lampard ruling himself out is the biggest concern. The Mirror state that Super Frank is concerned by the Magpies’ current league position.
That suggests that Lampard doesn’t have faith in his own abilities to get us out of danger.
Newcastle need someone who can come in and have an immediate impact. A couple of decent results will ease the relegation fears on Tyneside right now.
If Lampard doesn’t think he’s capable of that then it’s clear that he’s not the right man for Newcastle United.