Frank Lampard, who has been out of a job since he was sacked by Chelsea back in January, has now emerged as the leading candidate, according to The Sun.
The 43-year-old former England midfielder is keen to return to management and an ambitious project like Newcastle’s could be the perfect way back in.
With the Blues languishing in ninth after results tailed off, Lampard was then replaced midway through last season by Thomas Tuchel, who led the Londoners to a Champions League crown.
Other names reportedly in the frame for the Newcastle role include ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre, who came close to joining Crystal Palace this summer, and Steven Gerrard, who led Rangers to the 2020-21 Scottish Premier League title in his first managerial post.
Two current Premier League bosses in the form of Brighton ’s Graham Potter and Leicester ’s Brendan Rodgers have also been linked with the job.
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Bruce has been tipped to be relieved of his duties before this weekend’s visit of Tottenham Hotspur to St. James’ Park on Sunday.
Current No2 Graeme Jones is expected to be placed in temporary charge for the Magpies’ first outing since last Thursday’s mega-money takeover while a deal for a new manager is finalised.
“I’m happy for the club that this has gone through. It’s a great night for the fans, I’m delighted for them,” Bruce told Sky Sports last week following confirmation of the takeover.
“I want to continue [as manager] but I have to be realistic. I’m not stupid and aware what could happen with new owners.”