An update has emerged on Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, regarding his thoughts on Newcastle…
According to the Daily Mail, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has become interested in the developments at Newcastle this week, following the takeover by PIF on Thursday.
The report claims that it is expected that this season is Gerrard’s last with Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, opening up the door for him to come to Tyneside.
With Steve Bruce set to be axed by PIF, the new owners will be on the lookout for a new head coach in the coming days/weeks. It will likely be their first major decision, in terms of influencing the future of the club, as owners and fans will be hoping that they can bring in a top manager to lead them up the table under this fresh regime.
They could win the supporters over instantly by making the call to appoint Gerrard as Bruce’s successor. If the report from the Daily Mail is to be believed, the ex-Liverpool man could be keen on the opportunity to come and manage at St. James’ Park and PIF must take advantage of this situation by approaching Rangers to get a deal done.
PIF could attempt to poach a big-name like Jose Mourinho or Antonio Conte, but a measured approach with a long-term plan in place could appeal more to supporters in comparison to aimlessly chucking money about and hoping something sticks. Therefore, Gerrard could be the perfect candidate as he has an excellent track record in his career so far and is still in the early throes of his managerial career at the age of 41.
Former England international Glen Johnson lauded Gerrard’s work at Rangers and claimed that he has an ‘amazing’ reputation. He said:
“Just because you’re a world-class player, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be a world-class manager. So the fact he’s learned the game from the other side, he’s been confident in what he believes in, he’s got a good backroom team around him.
“So he’s done a fantastic job and I can’t think of any better young managers at the moment. He is Mr Liverpool. His reputation is amazing and rightfully so.”
Gerrard has won 2.15 points per game across 185 matches in charge of Rangers, winning the Scottish Premiership ahead of Celtic last term. His Gers side ended the campaign with 102 points and 13 goals conceded, along with 92 scored, as they went unbeaten.
This shows that he can set up a side to be solid defensively whilst still maintaining attacking threat, which ultimately leads to winning football matches. He has proven himself to be a promising young managerial gem and Newcastle fans could enjoy seeing a rookie, so to speak, bring fresh ideas to the club after years of mediocrity in the top-flight.
Therefore, PIF could get the fans onside instantly by appointing an exciting, well-respected, head coach in Steven Gerrard and that is why they must pursue a deal for him to take over from Bruce.