Steven Gerrard has rejected an approach to become Newcastle United manager, according to the Mirror.
The newspaper claim that the Rangers manager was targeted by Mike Ashley once Rafael Benitez’ spell at St James’ Park ended.
The Mirror report that despite Ashley being told the chances were slim by the Gers, the controversial owner still decided to contact the former Liverpool man’s representatives.
Gerrard started his management career in Liverpool’s academy, taking charge of the under-18’s squad. This led to the 39-year-old moving to Ibrox to take control of Rangers in 2018, where he has a contract which runs until 2022. [Transfermarkt]
This comes as no real surprise that Gerrard has reportedly rejected the Magpies’ role. After only one full season, Gerrard will more than likely be hoping to gain more experience in Scotland before making the jump back to the Premier League. However, the 39-year-old has more than shown his capability during his time in the Scottish Premier League. Rangers eventually finished second and pushed Celtic all the way to the title. Gerrard’s no-nonsense management style picked up fans as he pushed his side all the way. To finish your first full season in management with a point per game average of 1.89 [Transfermarkt], something must be going right. Gerrard brings great English top-flight experience to the table, a factor which most likely forced Ashley to show his hand in an attempt to bring the Champions League winner to St James’ Park. Having said that, with only one year in management, maybe the smartest decision for Gerrard was to step back and gain more experience before making such a jump.