Olivier Giroud reveals what ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told him amid Newcastle manager links – Football.London

Olivier Giroud has backed his former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard for the Newcastle United job.

The Saudi-led takeover of the Magpies was completed last week, putting an end to Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the club.

Now that the takeover has finally been confirmed, Newcastle have become one of the world’s richest clubs, and could well go on to compete for top honours in the Premier League like they once did.

Although Steve Bruce hasn’t officially been sacked yet, he has admitted that he knows it’s a realistic possibility.

Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: “I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do, but you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them.

“New owners normally want a new manager. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.

“That decision is not up to me. I accept that and I will accept what comes my way. I have to wait to have those conversations with people when the time is right.”

Lampard has been subsequently tipped to takeover Bruce in the north east, and Giroud, who played under the former Chelsea captain at Stamford Bridge, thinks that he is an ideal candidate for the role.

When asked by ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent on talkSPORT whether he thinks Lampard will be a good fit as the Newcastle manager, he said: “Yeah, definitely. I think, yes.

“I talked to him a little bit last year and I think he’s looking forward for a good challenge to come back as a manager and I think it’s a good option, yeah definitely for him.

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

If Lampard is indeed appointed, the immediate task will be keeping the Magpies in the top division, which will be no easy task. However, should he succeed, he’ll then have an unlimited budget to help shape a new look Geordie outfit.

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