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Frank Lampard set for Newcastle talks ‘this week’ as Steve Bruce prepares for sack

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Frank Lampard is the frontrunner to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle manager following their £305million takeover, reports suggest.

The former Chelsea boss is reportedly set to open talks with the club this week with the announcement of Bruce’s departure imminent.

Amanda Staveley, who owns 10% of the club following the Saudi-backed takeover, visited the training ground with her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi to meet with Bruce and his players for the first time on Monday.

It has been widely reported that Bruce is on the verge of being axed after two years in charge with the new owners keen to re-shape the Tyneside club and challenge for trophies.

Lampard, who has been out of a job since he was sacked by Chelsea back in January, has now emerged as the leading candidate.

The 43-year-old former England midfielder is keen to return to management and an ambitious project like Newcastle’s could be the perfect way back in.

Lampard lasted 18 months at Chelsea, guiding them to fourth in the Premier League and an FA Cup Final in his first season at the helm.

With the Blues languishing in ninth after results tailed off, Lampard was then replaced midway through last season by Thomas Tuchel, who led the Londoners to a Champions League crown.

Other names reportedly in the frame for the Newcastle role include ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre, who came close to joining Crystal Palace this summer, and Steven Gerrard, who led Rangers to the 2020-21 Scottish Premier League title in his first managerial post.

Two current Premier League bosses in the form of Brighton ’s Graham Potter and Leicester ’s Brendan Rodgers have also been linked with the job.

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Guardiola reacts as Haaland fumes over not scoring hat-trick against West Ham

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Erling Haaland’s anger at not scoring a hat-trick against West Ham, reminded him of Lionel Messi.

Haaland grabbed both goals as the Premier League champions began defence of their title with a 2-0 win at the London Stadium.

The Norway striker converted a first-half penalty, before running onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass to complete a brace on his City debut.

In a post-match interview, Haaland said it was “a bit s***’” that he was unable to score one more, before being substituted in the closing stages.”

But Guardiola said the player’s reaction was what he would expect from a top player.

“I was fortunate to be with [Lionel] Messi.

“When he scores two, he wants three, when he scores three, he wants four. All the top players are the same.

“They are never satisfied, always hungry, starving for goals, and want more, but at same time, I have to use other players,” Guardiola said.

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Ten Hag to sign two strikers after 2-1 defeat to Brighton

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Manchester United have opened talks to sign Benjamin Sesko and Marko Arnautovic, ESPN reports.

United have contacted Bologna about Arnautovic, who has previously played in the Premier League for Stoke and West Ham.

United manager, Erik ten Hag, has pressed the club to sign an experienced forward who would be content with a back up role off the bench.

Arnautovic is 33 years old and Ten Hag is a fan of the player after working together at FC Twente.

The move for Arnautovic is considered separate from that of Sesko.

Chelsea are also interested in the 19-year-old, although Salzburg would rather keep him until next summer.

Ten Hag was asked after the 2-1 defeat against Brighton on Sunday about the need for new players.

The Dutchman replied: “I don’t go into names and I think in this preseason, 250 players are involved or linked with Man United, so that’s it.

“We have two strikers [Ronaldo and Martial], maybe a third one, [Marcus] Rashford.

“We considered him as a striker, but he had a really good season on the left side and he had two really good chances but the typical nine wasn’t available today.”

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Tobi Amusan wins 100m hurdles gold

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Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has won the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The world champion successfully defended her title at the Alexander stadium on Sunday.

This is coming days after she won gold and bagged the world record at the World Athletics Championships in the US.

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