According to the Daily Mail, Frank Lampard will attempt to add former Newcastle United stopper Shay Given to his coaching team.
The Chelsea boss worked with the goalkeeper during his time with Derby, and it’s been reported today that he’ll make another move for the Irishman to aid the development of current stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Mail claim that Lampard tried to bring Given to Stamford Bridge over the summer, but the 43-year-old remained at Derby following the appointment of Dutch boss Philipp Cocu.
Given made 354 appearances for Newcastle between 1997 and 2009, having stints at Man City, Aston Villa, Middlesborough (loan) and Stoke before his move into coaching in 2018.
While some believe Martin Dubtavka’s is one of the best all rounders we’ve had, it’s fair to say Shay Given was THE best shot stopper we’ve seen at St James’ Park, with his reflexes being second to none in his prime.
It would be great to see Shay back on Tyneside as a goalkeeping coach, but a move to high-flying Chelsea to work with their £71m number one may be difficult for him to turn down this time around.