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Lampard linked with Newcastle job

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is among the names linked with the Newcastle United job, along with current Rangers’ manager Steven Gerrard.

However, another ex-Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has ruled himself out of the running to take over at St. James Park.

Following the announcement that the long-delayed takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium had finally been approved by the Premier League, current boss Steve Bruce is odds-on to lose his job.

Instead, the search has begun for a top-name candidate who can expect to be given substantial funds to spend when the transfer window opens again in Italy.

Lampard has been out of work since being relieved of his duties in favour of Thomas Tuchel in January, but is keen to get back into football and is used to playing and managing at a bog club.

Already a host of big names are being linked with a move to the North-East, although it may take several seasons to transform them into a championship contending side.

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