Gerrard led the Light Blues to a second-place finish in the Scottish Premiership, reached the Europa League group stages and won two Old Firm derbies in the league against Celtic.
While on the face of it those accomplishments do not seem like much, Rangers had not achieved any of that since their financial meltdown in 2012 and more experienced managers have tried and failed at Ibrox before Gerrard’s arrival.
And to see that Newcastle have not been snubbed by the Rangers boss just yet means that surely the Magpies could still swoop in and hire the former England midfielder before the start of next season.
Ashley doesn’t have a lot of time to decide on who his next manager is going to be.
Newcastle kick off their 2019/20 Premier League campaign in just over a months time and so far there has been little progress in their hunt to replace Benitez.
However with Gerrard already on their radar and him looking like a decent candidate to become the next Toon boss, this update by the Times is a welcome piece of news.