Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is unaware of any interest from Newcastle United.
The Mirror has recently reported that Gerrard, 39, has rejected an approach from Mike Ashley to be Rafa Benitez’s successor at the Premier League club.
However that report was followed up by the Times, who claimed that although an approach is yet to be made for the former Liverpool midfielder, he is someone who is being considered by the Magpies as they aim to hire a new manager before the start of next season.
Gerrard has spoken out about the rumours surrounding his future at Ibrox, making it clear that there is no truth in the reports.
“Fake news. Not that I’m aware of,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Daily Record, when asked about Newcastle’s reported interest.
Newcastle really don’t seem to be making much progress in their hunt to sign a new manager, which is extremely concerning as there’s only a month to go before the season starts. At the moment, Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson are in charge of first team matters, which is not ideal because the later Newcastle leave it to hire someone, the less preparation will be made. It seems like Mike Ashley is stalling on a new manager amid the speculation over his own future at Newcastle. Sheikh Khaled and the BZG group are interested in buying the Tyneside club and that could be what is pulling the brakes on this pursuit of a new boss. Gerrard may be someone on Newcastle’s shortlist, but it’s about time that the club sees that this takeover is unlikely to be done in time for next season starting and they need to start acting on the names that are on this shortlist. If they want Gerrard, go for him. He’s a good young manager who will one day end up in the Premier League.