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Rangers legend Ally McCoist believes Steven Gerrard is better off at Ibrox rather than making a managerial move to Newcastle United, speaking to radio station talkSPORT.
According to a report in The Telegraph earlier this week, the Gers boss is one of the names on Newcastle’s shortlist to succeed Rafa Benitez, alongside other famous former Premier League midfielders like Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta.
McCoist though reckons a Gerrard move to St James’ Park would be a step down for the Liverpool icon.
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Speaking to talkSPORT, the former striker said:
“Well, Newcastle play in a far better league but I think Rangers are a bigger club.
“I love the football and the people in the north east, but what kind of step would it be for Steven Gerrard?
“They’re both massive clubs, similar clubs in terms of the support. They have absolutely fanatical support, the best supporters in the country, I feel.
“But I’m not sure right now it would be a great move for Gerrard to be honest. He certainly has unfinished business at Rangers.
“I wish Newcastle the very best in their search for a new manager, but as we would say in Glasgow ‘Leave ours alone’!”
Unless Newcastle firm up their reported interest in Gerrard, which at this point still seems to be a distance away, then there is no reason for anyone at Ibrox or the club’s supporters to entertain the notion of a managerial exit this summer or next season.
The Gers boss is committed to his project at the club and given he is only a year into his managerial career, a step up to the Premier League feels too soon for him in any case, just in terms of the challenge of facing some of the world’s best managers and opponents.
The merit of McCoist’s case for Rangers being a bigger club depends on your perspective, he would say that as a club legend, but one thing he says is undoubtedly true – Gerrard has unfinished business at Rangers.