Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could come under consideration for the vacant position at Newcastle United, according to the Daily Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards.
The newspaper’s north east football correspondent has revealed that the Liverpool legend is the sort of big name who could make the shortlist of candidates for the Magpies job.
Gerrard’s former boss at Anfield Rafael Benitez was given his marching orders on Monday, and it appears his protege could be in contention to replace him.
Veteran manager Steve Bruce is seen as a safe pair of hands at St James’ Park, while superstar bosses Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have distanced themselves from the role.
Gerrard is an interesting candidate, but he is obviously still incredibly young in his managerial career. He’s only been a manager for a single season, so to give him the task of working under an owner like Mike Ashley, with the constraints at Newcastle, would likely be too much for him. Gerrard is a big name, obviously, but you can’t appoint a manager just because he’s a big name. Gerrard is too inexperienced to be able to deal with the specific set of circumstances at St James’ Park. He’s been backed to the hilt in the transfer market since arriving at Ibrox, whereas he’d be shopping in the bargain basement if he joined Newcastle. However, Bruce is an even more uninspiring potential appointment. The Sheffield Wednesday boss is obviously a Geordie, but he has managed the club’s fierce rivals Sunderland and has become more of a Championship manager over the past few years. To replace Benitez with Bruce would be an absolute farce and would likely enrage the supporters.