Exclusive – Frank Lampard has not applied to be the next manager of Newcastle United, 90min understands.
The 43-year-old has seen his name strongly linked with the role at St James’ Park – but sources close to Lampard have confirmed to 90min that he has not put his name forward.
It is understood that Newcastle’s new owners, led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, had a genuine interest in Lampard and he was encouraged to make a move for the job.
Harry Redknapp is one major figure in English football whose opinion on their manager situation has been sought by Newcastle, and it is known that he gave Eddie Howe, one of the main contenders, a glowing reference.
Redknapp was also asked about his nephew Lampard, and it is no surprise that he was full of praise for him, and that led to some of Newcastle’s hierarchy pursuing a move.
However, despite Newcastle being keen to talk to Lampard, sources insist that the former Derby and Chelsea boss did not think a move to the North East was the right move for him at this moment in time.
Lampard has been out of work since leaving Chelsea midway through last season, and he did talk with Crystal Palace in the summer about replacing Roy Hodgson, but negotiations fell through and Patrick Vieira was appointed.
Newcastle’s managerial search goes on after Steve Bruce left this week, but whose imminent departure was known for some weeks. First-team coach Graeme Jones is currently interim boss and has been told he will be in charge until their Chelsea game at the end of the month, although sources have confirmed that a permanent appointment is expected to be made prior to that.
90min revealed earlier this week that Newcastle had initially narrowed down their shortlist to Howe, Lucien Favre and Paulo Fonseca – all of whom had interviews in recent days.
Former Roma boss Fonseca impressed hugely during his talks, although the club also continued conversations with Howe and Favre and want to get the decision right.
Third parties have put forward the likes of Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and Villarreal’s Unai Emery – but Newcastle would prefer someone out of work as they would not want to become embroiled in any legal battles.