Oliver Giroud believes Frank Lampard would be a good fit to take charge of Newcastle United and become the first managerial appointment by the Saudi-led regime at St James' Park.
The Chelsea legend has been continuously linked with the post that is currently filled by Steve Bruce, but it seems now to be a question of 'when' rather than 'if' the 60-year-old is relieved of his duties.
Lampard has been out of job since he was sacked by the Blues in January, and Giroud believes it is a perfect fresh opportunity for the former England midfielder.
"I talked to him a little bit last year", he told talkSPORT.
"I think he's looking forward to a good challenge to come back as a manager. It's a good option definitely for him.
"I think Newcastle is a big team in the Prem and it's a good challenge for him to bounce back and show his quality."
Shay Given worked with Lampard during the pair's time together at Derby County, and the former Newcastle goalkeeper believes he would relish the chance to take the job on Tyneside, but also shares more than a degree of sympathy with Bruce.
"I think that people should understand that Steve Bruce is still the manager, especially coming from a coaching background myself and you find out people are talking about your job while you're still in a job,"he told talkSPORT.
"I know he's on thin ice a little bit as new owners want a new management team, so it's a difficult one for Steve Bruce.
"Probably sooner rather than later they will make some sort of announcement on Steve Bruce or someone else.
"There will be a lot of people interested in the job. I know Frank has been out of work for a while and I'm sure he'd love to get involved in the Premier League."
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