Bruce Newcastle press conference latest, Lampard leads Rodgers in odds, Messi news, Chelsea updates – transfer latest

STEVE BRUCE is facing the media for the first time since the Newcastle takeover.

Frank Lampard is edging ahead of Brendan Rodgers in the odds to become the Toon’s next manager and Bruce is under intense scrutiny.

There will no doubt be uncomfortable moments for the Magpies boss, who is expected to be replaced in the next few weeks.

Thomas Tuchel is also expected to speak to the press this afternoon with the Chelsea manager sweating over the fitness of the Antonio Rudiger and Christian Pulisic, but any injury problems for Thiago Silva appear to have been overcome.

Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is also in the running to replace Steve Bruce.

Meanwhile Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he thought sporting director Leonardo was playing a joke on him when he was informed Lionel Messi would be joining PSG.

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