Newcastle United are said to be “confident” they can convince Steven Gerrard to take over at St. James’ Park if they decide to offer him the job.
That’s according to a report by the Northern Echo, who claim the Tyneside club are to draw up a shortlist that will contain Arsenal legend Patrick Viera and former Ger Mikel Arteta.
The claims from the paper come despite Steven Gerrard proudly reiterating his commitment to Rangers earlier in the week.
“I’m very happy here, it’s a privilege to be the Rangers manager. My focus is on the up and coming season.
“It’s very similar to when there’s noise around players. I ask the players to stay focused on the job and that is what I will continue to do. There is nothing really to add to that.
“Nothing has changed in my mind. I was very lucky and appreciative of the opportunity I got 12 months ago.
“I’m delighted to be at Rangers, managing one of the biggest clubs you can manage, so nothing has changed in terms of my focus.”
That doesn’t sound like a man who has any interest in leaving Ibrox, not least for a club which is owned by Mike Ashley.
A simple phone call to Steven Gerrard’s ex-Liverpool manager and departing Newcastle United coach Rafa Benitez certainly wouldn’t fill Gerrard with any.
Still, it’s not like Mike Ashley to try and disrupt progress at Ibrox…