Newcastle figures ‘prefer Frank Lampard’ over Paulo Fonseca with boardroom seemingly split

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Frank Lampard has been frequently discussed as one of the potential names to take over from Steve Bruce at Newcastle and the former Chelsea manager is even understood to be the preferred choice of several members of the Magpies hierarchy, reports claim. The 43-year-old has been taking a break from the limelight following his emotional dismissal at Stamford Bridge in January, despite interest from the likes of Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Celtic.

Now he is believed to be one of several names potentially in the frame to lead Newcastle into their exciting new era following the completion of the £305million Saudi takeover.

Bruce’s assistant Graeme Jones will now lead the team for at least the next two matches, while other reports claim he will take charge of three games to give the Newcastle board time to finalise the appointment of a new boss.

Paulo Fonseca, who came close to joining Tottenham earlier this summer, is said to be close to landing the hot-seat though if recent reports prove to be correct.

Newcastle are reportedly willing to offer him around £6million per season and there is a chance the Portuguese tactician could be in the stands at Selhurst Park on Saturday to watch the Magpies in action.

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But according to The Telegraph, nothing has been finalised as of yet and Lampard is still a popular choice among others involved in the selection process.

His name has been featuring regularly during conversations regarding the job ever since the takeover with interviews and discussions with candidates now well underway.

Fonseca has already held positive discussions with the Newcastle board and more talks were scheduled for today as he looks to tighten his grip on the vacancy.

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But Lucien Favre and Eddie Howe are also set to get the chance to impress with both currently out of work following their departures from Dortmund and Bournemouth respectively.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is another contender for the position and it would cost less than £2m to prise him away from his current contract with the Red Devils.

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Newcastle have also been weighing up the idea of bringing in a manager on a short-term basis in a bid to secure Premier League safety.

There are believed to be doubts as to whether a sexier appointment – one that fits their long-term strategy – will be enough to steer them away from safety this season.

Speaking on Coral and JOE’s All to Play For podcast, Lampard’s former team-mate Joe Cole revealed the former Chelsea boss is raring to take on a new challenge.

“Steve Bruce had to play the defensive style of football he did in order to keep Newcastle in the Premier League the last two seasons because he simply did not have the players to open up and play expansively,” the 39-year-old said.

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“With him gone, they need to look for a manager who has some Premier League experience, whether that be somebody like Eddie Howe, Roberto Martinez or Frank Lampard.

“I know Frank is itching to get back managing and I think he would be a safe pair of hands for the role at this moment in time.

“He knows the Premier League inside out from his time at Chelsea and his playing career.

“He has had a front-row seat in some of the biggest dressing rooms and managers the league has ever seen.

“Say they go and pull off a huge coup and bring in somebody like [Mauro] Icardi, he will know how that will affect the dressing room and how to manage him. I think he’d be a sensible bet for the job.”

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