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Frank Lampard in pole position for Newcastle Utd job

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Former Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard is in pole position to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle manager, SunSport reports.

Bruce is expected to be relieved of his duties after Newcastle was taken over by Saudis last week.

And Lampard is a leading contender to replace Bruce, who met Newcastle new part-owner, Amanda Staveley for the first time on Monday, with talks potentially starting as soon as this week.

The former England midfielder is ahead of Ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre, Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers, Brighton’s Graham Potter and also among other names for the Newcastle job.

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Lampard has been out of work since leaving Chelsea in January.

The 43-year-old is keen on a return to the dugout.

Speaking about his intention to return to management, Lampard recently said: “I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six weeks, two months, that have been flattering but not the right thing.

“The opportunities were not quite right, but I think about it. It would be something I am keen to do, at the right time, at the right place.”

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Jamie Carragher exposes Man Utd’s biggest problem this season

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Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher has exposed Manchester United’s biggest problem this season under their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Carragher believes Man United’s biggest problem this season is that Solskjaer’s team do not appear to have a ‘plan’.

According to the former defender, Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Man United has compounded Solskjaer’s problems at Old Trafford.

He, however, advised Man United to get a better manager, adding that Solskjaer cannot win the Premier League or the Champions for the Red Devils this term.

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Man United currently sits in the sixth position on the Premier League table following Saturday’s 4-2 defeat against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “You can’t play five attacking players, you can’t.

“Pogba’s got to come out of central midfield. He’s playing there and it comes back to the Ronaldo signing.

“As soon as Ronaldo comes in, Pogba has to play centre midfield to fit all the players in. I’m not saying [Pogba] should be out of the team, but he’s not a centre midfield in a United shirt.

“What does Ole do? What’s your idea? I don’t see it in terms of a plan. If you are going to press, everyone presses. Are they a high pressing team? Not really, not with Ronaldo in the team. This [lack of intensity] would not be accepted with a Pep or Klopp, or Tuchel team. It’s both [a manager and a players’ problem].

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“Ole will not win a league title or a Champions League at Manchester United. Ole hasn’t got the experience.

“This team is a good team, a great collection of individuals.

“Manchester United needs to have a better manager, they need a manager who can compete with other big teams in the league.”

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England handed Wembley Stadium ban

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UEFA’s disciplinary committee has ordered England to play one match behind closed doors.

The Three Lions have also been fined €100,000, following crowd trouble during the Euro 2020 final in July.

UEFA have also issued a ban for a second match, which is suspended for two years.

There were scenes of chaos at Wembley, as fans without tickets clashed with police and stewards, forcing their way into the stadium for the game against Italy.

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The capacity for the England vs Italy match had been reduced to 60,000 from the usual 90,000 due to Covid-19 restrictions.

But as many fans gathered near the stadium on the afternoon of the match, stewards and police were left overwhelmed and unable to stop some storming through security cordons.

England’s next home match is a 2022 World Cup qualifier against Albania on November 12. However, the ban will not come into effect until next summer for the next UEFA-sanctioned match, with the new Nations League campaign beginning in June.

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Mood in Man Utd dressing room ‘flat’ ahead of Atalanta clash

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The mood in Manchester United’s dressing room is “flat”, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the task of lifting his players for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Atalanta, ESPN reports.

United were beaten 4-2 at Leicester City last weekend.

Morale has taken a significant hit following the loss, as Solskjaer has won just two of their last seven games.

It is understood that the manner of the defeat has caused concern within the squad, with Solskjaer admitting after the game that goalkeeper David de Gea was their best player despite conceding four times.

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Solskjar is said to have kept his players in the dressing room for 45 minutes after the final whistle, before emerging to fulfill his media commitments.

United have three days to prepare for Atalanta’s visit to Old Trafford. They are third in Group F after one win and one defeat from their first two games.

After Atalanta, the Red Devils face Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in the Premier League.

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