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Newcastle United: Malcolm Macdonald discusses Frank Lampard

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Former Newcastle United player Malcolm Macdonald has suggested that Frank Lampard should be the man to take over at the club.

Arguably the biggest talking point around Tyneside following the sale of the club last week has been who is going to take over the job as manager from incumbent boss Steve Bruce. There were some suggestions that a change might even take place before this weekend’s game with Tottenham Hotspur, but that has been confirmed not to be the case.

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A report in The Times suggests that former Chelsea boss Lampard is ‘very keen’ to take over the role at St. James’ Park, and speaking about the idea on the latest edition of NUFC Matters, Macdonald appeared to be all in favour of the move after the work that he did at Stamford Bridge:

“Personally, I’ve looked at all the names, and the one that keeps coming back to me is Frank Lampard. I thought he did an absolutely terrific job at Chelsea. He put together a side – and [Thomas] Tuchel’s come in and yeah, he’s sort of run with it – but he’s not really had to make any changes to it.

“Frank Lampard had put together a very good side in a short space of time, and I thought that they were playing some terrific stuff.

“And if he were to come, I wouldn’t be upset about that at all. And I think he’s got absolutely huge character, has Frank Lampard, and that he’d be able to deal with all the movement, the coming and going.

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You can certainly see where the appeal for someone like Lampard would come from, especially after what he did in his first season at Chelsea, guiding them to a top-four finish and setting the foundations for their Champions League win – this despite being held back by a transfer ban and having to embed younger players into the side.

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And if he could replicate that sort of play at Newcastle United, then he could very well be the man to steady the ship for the Toon and guide them forward as they try to match the ambition of the new owners.

Obviously, he will be stuck behind the eight ball without being able to buy until January, with Newcastle currently in the relegation zone and without a league win, but if he can just make the necessary tweaks in his first season to see them to safety to begin with, then he should be able to transform the side next season, when he’d be able to really utilise the club’s spending power.

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