Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has once again been linked to Newcastle United as the Premier League side fall to their first defeat under their new owners.
The story concerning the £305m Newcastle takeover from a Saudi-led consortium dominated football last week with the Toon Army set to receive an unprecedented cash injection.
But as things stand the club is in the Premier League relegation zone and still without a win this season.
Manager Steve Bruce was in the dugout for the visit of Tottenham this weekend in what his 1000th game in management, and all eyes were on St James’ Park for the match.
But despite a blistering opening 10 minutes – and a goal from Callum Wilson – the Magpies would fall to a 3-2 defeat to Spurs in a game which exemplifies the job which needs to be done on Tyneside.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard on three-man shortlist for Newcastle job
Bruce is still the manager but very much cut the air of a dead man walking come full-time and the feeling is growing that Newcastle will look elsewhere ahead of the rebuild.
Steven Gerrard has been routinely linked to the job ever since the takeover was announced and today the Gers gaffer has been mentioned alongside Unai Emery and Roberto Martinez as frontrunners.
Highly-reputable outlet the Times are claiming that Gerrard is on a “three-man shortlist” for the job alongside ex-Arsenal manager Emery and ex-Everton boss Martinez.
Emery is currently in charge at Villarreal whilst Martinez is currently in charge of Belgium.
These are worrying reports for Rangers fans and they’ll be watching the situation develop closely with manager Steven Gerrard refusing to get drawn on the speculation last week.
Speaking amid the links, Gerrard paid tribute to Steve Bruce even if he resisted the opportunity to distance himself from the role.
Meanwhile, Rangers fans were in defiant mood over the weekend as they sent a message to the club’s detractors at Ibrox Stadium.