Since the takeover of Newcastle United was completed by the Saudi backed Public Investment Fund, the Magpies have been linked with several potential new signings, candidates for the director of football role and of course new Managers.

One of those to be mentioned for contention by numerous sources is Frank Lampard.

Here’s a bit of fun trivia to start off with for those that aren’t familiar with Frank Lampard. His uncle is legendary manager and former King of The Jungle Harry Redknapp, and his son Jamie Redknapp is Franks cousin.

Now onto the more serious stuff. He started his professional career at West Ham United in 1995 where he made 148 appearances, scored 24 goals and in 1999 he was part of the team that won the Intertoto Cup. Frank remained at the Hammers until June 2001 when he moved to Chelsea in a fee worth £11million.

Lampard’s debut for Chelsea in the Premier League was against Newcastle on the 19th of August 2001. A game that ended in a 1-1 draw. During his13-year stint at Chelsea he won.

  • Premier League:2004-05, 2005-06,2009-10
  • League Cup: 2004-05, 2006-07
  • FA Cup: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12
  • Community Shield: 2005, 2009
  • UEFA Champions League: 2011-12
  • UEFA Europa League: 2012-13

He has also won countless individual awards such as the PFA Fans Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, Premier League Player of the Season, UEFA Midfielder of the Year, Numerous Premier League Player of the Month awards plus many more.

After Chelsea, spells at Manchester City and New York City followedbefore deciding to hangup his boots for good and announcing his retirement on 2nd February 2017. During his domestic career he racked up 915 appearances and found the back of the net 274 times. When he announced his retirement, he stated that he turned down several offers from clubs in order to obtain his coaching licenses.

When it comes to his international career, Frank played 106 games for England scoring 29 goals. He retired from international duty in 2014 after representing his nation in 2 European Championships and 2 World Cups.

Following a break away from the game, Frank took his first managerial role on the 31st of May 2018 for championship side Derby County on a 3-year contract. Derby got off to a winning start of Lampard’s reign by beating Reading 2-1 before crashing back down to earth with a 4-1 defeat against Leeds in his second game. In just his 12th game in charge, Lampard’s Derby side knocked out Premier League giants Manchester United out of the EFL Cup on penalties after a 2-2 draw. On the 11th of January 2019, Leeds beat Derby 2-0 in the reverse fixture which was eclipsed by controversy when Leeds United manager Marco Bielsa admitted to sending spies to Derby County’s training ground.

During the rest of Lampard’s first season in charge of Derby, he guided them to the Championship Play Off’s after finishing 6th in the 2018-19 campaign. Derby beat Leeds 4-3 on aggregate after overcoming a 1-0 home defeat in the first leg to set up a final against Aston Villa. Unfortunately for Frank, it wasn’t to be as they suffered a 2-1 defeat. Once the season had concluded, Lampard was inevitably linked with the vacant Chelsea manager spot. On 25th June 2019 Derby gave Frank permission to speak to his old club and on the 4th of July 2019 he was announced as new Head Coach at Chelsea on a 3-year contract.

Lampard’s arrival at Chelsea was somewhat a special occasion as it made him the first English manager in over two decades to take the reins. His first game in charge however did not end well after getting thumped 4-0 to Manchester United on the opening day of the 2019-20 campaign. This was the biggest defeat for a Chelsea manager since December 1978 when they were thrashed 7-2 by Middlesbrough. The second competitive game of his reign did not end in the way they would have wanted it to either when they got beat by Premier League rivals Liverpool on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup. The month of October was signs of better times to come where Lampard picked up the October Premier League Manager of the Month.

This achievement made him the 3rd manager to win the Premier League Manager of the Month and Premier League Player of the Month, the other two managers doing so being Gareth Southgate and Stuart Pearce. The season finished with Chelsea in 4th place and runners up in the FA Cup Final when they lost to London Rivals Arsenal. The following season saw the club splash out on more than £200million for players Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy.

This seemed to be worth the amount spent as Chelsea had topped both the Premier League and their Champions’ League Group by early December. Unfortunately for Frank, he couldn’t stop the club from dropping down to 9th position in the Premier League after a run of just 2 wins in 9 Premier League matches.

He was dismissed as Chelsea Manager on 25th January 2021 just 24hrs after Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Luton in the FA Cup. Following his dismissal, it was reported that disagreements over the club’s transfer policy had an influence on the decision to let him go after requests by Frank to sign Pierre Aubameyang, Declan Rice and James Tarkowski were blocked by Chelsea’s Co-Director Marina Granovskaia.

Will Frank Lampard be a good fit at Newcastle United should he be given the job? Personally, I think he would give it a good go.

He has a vast amount of experience and knowledge in the Premier League and European Leagues from his playing career which will be able to be passed onto other players in the squad. Whilst he was at Chelsea, he wasn’t afraid to go after big name players and splash the cash.

Given that Newcastle United is now the richest football club in the world thanks to the new owners, I can’t see him having any issues asking for the club to look into big name signings to improve the squad.

His managerial career is still taking off, but should he be given the financial backing and support from the owners then I can’t see why he won’t succeed further down the line whether he is at Newcastle United or not.

No doubt his uncle Harry will give him some tips too!

JACK SUTTON – @jsnufctruefaith