Newton Rates Celtic’s Chances Of Appointing Chelsea Legend As Manager

Newton Rates Celtic’s Chances Of Appointing Chelsea Legend As Manager

Former Chelsea midfielder Eddie Newton believes Celtic are unlikely to appoint Frank Lampard as Neil Lennon’s replacement as manager at Parkhead.

Lampard has been out of a job since being sacked by Chelsea last month, but when asked about the prospect of the former England international moving north of the border, Newton said it may come too soon:

“I think Frank will still be licking his wounds. He will be keeping an eye on all different scenarios that are happening. It’s that horrible part of the job – looking at other managers and seeing their demise and maybe that’s a chance for you to step in. He will be doing the same at this present time.”

Newton was more effusive about his former teammate and friend Steve Clarke taking up the post. The Scotland manager is currently fifth favourite for the vacant Celtic job, just behind Lampard.

Interm boss John Kennedy is leading the race, with the 37-year-old having been given the rest of the season to show what he can do. The club’s hierarchy have reportedly not ruled him out from being appointed on a permanent basis.

Second in the running is Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez, who has been touted as a candidate by Sky Sports presenter Jim White, while Eddie Howe is third in line.