Life has changed dramatically for all at Newcastle United following the change of ownership that sees them become one of the world’s richest clubs and the new owners are set to continue to ring the changes at St James’ Park in the coming weeks.
Steve Bruce, despite being a boyhood supporter of the Magpies, has never been popular with the Toon Army and now that the club look set to splash the cash on a new squad to compete at the top end of the Premier League, he’s unlikely to remain in charge for much longer.
It would be a popular decision among the supporters therefore to remove Steve Bruce in the coming weeks and the club could now be scouring the market for managers that previously perhaps wouldn’t have considered moving to Tyneside.
Frank Lampard is the current front-runner according to the bookmakers, but his former England team-mate Steven Gerrard has also been mentioned alongside last season’s Serie A winning manager, Antonio Conte.
One thing’s for sure, a new era is set to get underway at Newcastle and whoever takes the job will be under pressure from the off to steer the club away from the relegation zone and in the coming years, towards the top spots in the division.
So now attention is likely to turn to who will replace the seemingly departing boss and the name at the top of the betting at this moment in time is former Chelsea man Frank Lampard.
The Blues legend endured a mixed spell in the dugout at Stamford Bridge after one strong season in the Championship with Derby County but he did win plaudits for placing faith in youngsters and preferring a more attack-minded style in both of those positions.
Antonio Conte is another name in the mix. The Italian has won titles with Inter Milan, Juventus and Chelsea and would be considered a major coup for Newcastle if they could convince him to join their new project.
Very much considered to be a system manager, Conte’s high-intensity style could make him the perfect fit as he would need to first navigate the hurdle of remaining in the Premier League with a relatively weak squad before he could start to challenge towards the top of the table.
Formerly of Borussia Dortmund, Lucien Favre is a highly-respected coach across Europe for his meticulous attention to detail and he is a former title winner in Switzerland during his time with Zurich. Could he be tempted to take a first job in England?
Having proven his worth by taking Rangers to their first Scottish Premiership title since demotion to the fourth tier, could a new challenge be on the horizon for Steven Gerrard? Many would expect him to one day return to Liverpool, but this could be too good an opportunity for the Liverpudlian to turn down.
Could Roberto Martinez be tempted back into club management having spent the last few years in charge of the Belgian national side? His record with Everton and Wigan was mixed, but he has experience in handling big egos which could be key once the transfer market re-opens.