Frank Lampard told his former player Olivier Giroud he is “looking forward” to making his managerial comeback amid rumours linking him with the Newcastle job
AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud has backed his former boss Frank Lampard to “bounce back” at Newcastle – if the Saudi-backed club offer him the job.
The ex-Chelsea manager has been tipped to make a return to management at St James’ Park and Giroud, who worked with Lampard at Stamford Bridge, believes it’s a perfect match.
When asked by talkSPORT presenter and former England striker Darren Bent if he thought Lampard would be a good fit at Newcastle, the Frenchman, 35, responded: “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 Premier League and it’s a good challenge for him to bounce back and to show his quality, definitely.”
Current manager Steve Bruce remains in charge of the team but is expected to be sacked after picking up just three points from their opening seven Premier League games this term.
A Saudi-backed consortium, led by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley, completed a £305million takeover of Newcastle on Thursday.
Discussing his future with The Telegraph, Bruce 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.”
The ex-England midfielder guided the Blues to the FA Cup final and Champions League qualification during the 2019-20 campaign, despite operating under a transfer ban.
But Lampard struggled at Chelsea last season and was replaced by German coach Thomas Tuchel in January with the team languishing in ninth in the Premier League.
His only other managerial experience was a one-season spell at Derby County, leading the team to a narrow 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the 2019 Championship play-off final.