Newcastle United links to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard have dominated the news conversation in recent days and now a former Real Madrid star turned ex-Liverpool teammate has had his say.
Steve McManaman was a prominent member of the Liverpool side Stevie G broke into in the late 1990s prior to his move to the Bernabeu.
Spending nine years at Anfield after breaking through at the club Scouser McManaman knows all-too-well the emotional attachment to the red part of Merseyside.
But the former right-winger is convinced that should the ‘Man City-esque’ revolution of the Toon come calling, Stevie G may well hang up his Rangers and Liverpool dream for a shot at glory at St James’ Park.
“If my old mate Steven Gerrard is approached to succeed Steve Bruce as the manager of Newcastle United it would be very hard for Steven to turn down,” writes McManaman.
“If what we’re being led to believe, that Newcastle United are going to be turned into the next Manchester City with all this money and power and glamour, it could be an absolutely brilliant opportunity to take that job.
“I think it’s an amazing opportunity if these new owners say, ‘we’d like you to take this job as our manager and we’ve got £500million to spend.’
Ex-Real Madrid star claims Newcastle “very difficult to turn down” for Rangers boss
“If that was Steven – and I know his principal job will be to manage Liverpool in the end – it would be an incredible opportunity and one that would be very difficult to turn down.
“If these owners want to invest and turn this club into one of the best in England, in Europe, how could you say no?”
Rangers boss Gerrard is likely to be continuously linked to the role until Newcastle finally make a decision on their manager once and for all.
With the club still without a Premier League win this season and currently in the relegation zone, there’s a growing sentiment that Steve Bruce is set to leave the side.
Rangers boss Gerrard refused to be drawn on speculation last week but the Ibrox gaffer is said to be one of three bosses being eyed by the Toon.
However, fresh reports claim that Magpie glances are being cast on a manager who is rather infamous at our Old Firm rivals Celtic.