Pundit urges Newcastle United to target Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers over Frank Lampard

The ex-England striker has named the candidates he would like to see replace Steve Bruce at St. James’ Park.

Brendan Rodgers and Graham Potter. (Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Darren Bent has argued that Newcastle United should look to bring in Brendan Rodgers or Graham Potter as their next manager, rather than Frank Lampard.

The ex-Chelsea boss has been heavily linked with a move to the north east in recent days as Steve Bruce’s tenure at St. James’ Park in the wake of last week’s Saudi-backed takeover.

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But ex-Sunderland hitman Bent is not convinced that Lampard is the right man for the job on Tyneside, and has instead urged the Magpies’ new owners to target Brighton boss Potter or his Leicester counterpart Rodgers.

“You’re hearing about some of the names that are being linked now, top end coaches like Conte and people like that,” the former Premier League striker told the talkSPORT Breakfast.

“Who gets Newcastle to that point? You can’t get him straight away as Newcastle are second bottom in the table.

“I heard the Lampard shout, but I’d probably go for Graham Potter or Brendan Rodgers, I’d put both them two above him.”

Bent also named two players he believes should be made transfer priorities by the Toon Army’s – with Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho and Man United’s Jesse Lingard both on his personal wishlist.

He added: “You look at Coutinho, he’s played at the highest level and is unwanted at Barcelona who are in limbo.

“They’ll have to convince him with the project and the finances, but that type of signing – you spoke about Jesse Lingard – I don’t think those type of players are unattainable.”