Rangers fans will be breathing a sigh of relief as one of the Premier League clubs most heavily linked to Ibrox gaffer Steven Gerrard finally settle those links to the Liverpool legend.
Newcastle United have been on the hunt for a new boss ever since they sacked Steve Bruce with Eddie Howe officially the man set to take over at St James’ Park.
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We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Eddie Howe as the club’s new head coach.
Welcome to Newcastle United, Eddie! ⚫️⚪️
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 8, 2021
This news officially puts an end to those links to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard which have persisted ever since a Saudi-led consortium took over at the club.
The controversial £305m takeover of Newcastle United saw the Saudi Public Investment Fund take a controlling stake in the club with a fortune said to reach £320bn making them the richest club in football.
However, whilst the Times might’ve mentioned Gerrard as a possible candidate in the English northeast, the Ibrox gaffer somewhat laughed off the links.
“Do I look happy? Do I look settled?” Gerrard asked when pressed on the interest [BT Sport].
“Don’t ask me silly questions then.”
"Do I look happy? Do I look settled?"
Something tells us Rangers boss Steven Gerrard isn't tempted by a move away from Ibrox 😏
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 21, 2021
But when one door closes another opens as just in time for the international break Aston Villa sack manager Dean Smith and are extensively linked to the Ibrox manager.
An easy link to make given Gerrard’s standing in the game down south, the Gers boss is reportedly on a shortlist for the job [Telegraph].
The likes of Ralph Hasenhuttl and Roberto Martinez have also been mentioned but for Rangers fans the perennial linking of Gerrard to any job down south is getting tiresome.
As the situation with Eddie Howe and Newcastle also proves, whilst the newspapers may do plenty of talking there’s yet to be a scenario where an English club actually moves for the Gers gaffer.
Whilst Steven Gerrard might be extensively linked to the job at Villa, the reaction of the Premier League club’s support to the news might just surprise you.