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    Newcastle’s New Owners Eye Lampard, Conte

    An intriguing, historical debate has re-emerged with the news that Newcastle United could be on the hunt for a new boss following their big-money takeover.

    Whilst the Magpies still have Steve Bruce in charge, the club’s new owners, a Saudi-backed consortium, are expected to replace the 60-year-old after their £300m takeover of the North East club was finalised on Thursday.

    Intriguingly, a number of those associated with Chelsea have been linked with the post, with an interesting debate having emerged.

    Of course, there has immediately been names bandied about in relation to the potential vacancy - former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte one of the most prominent names having left Inter Milan in the summer.

    Former Blues coach Brendan Rodgers has also been mentioned despite his lengthy contract at Premier League rivals Leicester City.

    However, a couple of names that may intrigue fans of the Premier League are those of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard - who are among the early favourites to succeed Bruce with the bookmakers.

    The former, a Blues icon, remains out of work since he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge having not yet been handed another chance within the English top-flight. Meanwhile, ex-Liverpool midfielder Gerrard is spending his time with Rangers having steered the Scottish outfit to the title last season.

    Of course, the two will now be examined in close detail regarding their potential suitability for any role at St James’ Park - comparisons that began with the duo’s playing career.

    Having emerged onto the scene at around the same time with West Ham United and Liverpool respectively, Lampard and Gerrard were constantly paralleled - especially so after the former sealed a move to Chelsea in 2001.

    Their styles were also very similar; extremely hard-working and with an eye for goal. Lampard netted on 274 occasions throughout his lengthy career, whilst Gerrard found the net on 191 occasions.

    The debate over which was more accomplished continued onto the international stage, with Gerrard and Lampard colleagues for England but never quite being able to strike the symbiotic relationship to power the Three Lions to any glory.

    After their careers in England ended, the two even shared the same MLS stage by signing for New York City and LA Galaxy.

    Now, some time after the retirement, those comparisons are being triggered once again - but instead potentially by Newcastle’s new owners.

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