Media Watch: Blues legend linked to Newcastle job, Cole supports Mount for Ballon d’Or and former player backs us for Premier League triumph

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Frank Lampard is touted for a return to management, Joe Cole thinks Mason Mount deserves his Ballon d’Or nomination and Victor Moses backs the Blues for success. 

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Blues legend linked with Newcastle job

Former Chelsea head coach and midfielder Frank Lampard is reportedly a strong candidate for the Newcastle United job, after the club parted company with Steve Bruce on Wednesday morning. 

It is claimed by ESPN that the Chelsea legend is being considered for the managerial vacancy, alongside former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca and other names also named in the report. 

Bruce, who took charge of his 1,000th competitive game as a manager during Newcastle's defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, has left his hometown club after two seasons in charge.

Lampard has been out of work since leaving the Blues in January earlier this year, after reaching both an FA Cup final and securing Champions League qualification for the 2020/21 season - the year in which we won the competition.

‘Former Chelsea manager Lampard and ex-Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk coach Fonseca are the leading candidates, sources have said, with both men out of work and available to take over immediately,’ the ESPN report states.

‘Chris Wilder, who left Sheffield United last season, is another name being considered, but sources have said that Lampard and Fonseca are the most appealing candidates to the PIF hierarchy.’ 

Cole backs Mount for Ballon d’Or

Former Blues midfielder Joe Cole believes ‘Mr Reliable’ Mason Mount is fully deserving of his Ballon d’Or nomination.

Cole himself was nominated for the coveted prize in 2006 and has said the Chelsea mentality is to not dwell on it too much and remain focused.

In a story by The Sun, Cole has admitted he didn’t even know he was nominated alongside nine other Blues players, after he won his second Premier League in the 2005/06 season.

‘To be honest, I didn’t even know I was nominated. I’ll tell my kids – that will be a good one,’ Cole said in the report.

‘At the time, for me, all these things that are perceived as big things, when you’re in it with a ball, it is only about the next game and winning the next game.’

The former Blues number 10 has likened his mentality to Mount's, which helped him win seven trophies with the club. 

‘All of those young Chelsea players have got their heads screwed on, as players and as people so I don’t think it will make any difference to Mason. That’s nice. Crack on.

‘But without doubt he deserves that nomination. He was outstanding last year. He is Mr Reliable, and he doesn’t get enough credit for his maturity on the pitch.

‘And then he goes and creates a goal in the Champions League final.’ 

Moses backs Blues for Premier League triumph

Former Chelsea player Victor Moses has backed the Blues to win our first Premier League title since the 2016/17 campaign.

The Nigerian excelled in a right wing-back role under Italian boss Antonio Conte in that exact championship winning campaign.

The 30-year-old is currently plying his trade at Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League and played in his side’s narrow 4-3 loss to Leicester City last night.

Ahead of the game, Moses opened up on his time with the current European Champions and made a bold prediction that will excite the Blues faithful regarding our domestic title chances under Thomas Tuchel's stewardship.

‘If they continue in the same spirit, they will have every chance,’ Moses told Spartak Moscow’s website.

‘So far, the team has only one defeat to City. Cool line-up, strong coach. The three-defender setup is great for today's matchmaking.

‘The offensive now has [Romelu] Lukaku, one of the best forwards in general.’

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