Rangers fans will be on alert after news broke regarding the reported Newcastle United pursuit of Villarreal boss Unai Emery.

The Magpies are now cash-rich after the £305m Saudi-led takeover of the club with some reports even suggesting the Public Investment Fund boast wealth of up to £320bn.

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Unai Emery is currently in charge of La Liga side Villarreal. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)

After sacking unfashionable manager Steve Bruce and with the club in the Premier League relegation zone, attention has now turned to who they’ll be signing as their new manager.

Naturally – as every vacant Premier League club job is – Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was heavily linked to the job.

But even despite Gerrard’s insistence that he was happy in Glasgow – and advice to reporters not to ask him “silly questions” – so long as the role remains vacant questions will remain.

Unai Emery distances himself from Newcastle United job

Now, Rangers fans will have a vested interest in the news that Villarreal boss Emery – who managed Arsenal after Arsene Wenger and had spells with Sevilla and PSG – is not interested in the job.

According to established Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, Emery will turn down the interest due to a lack of “clear vision” at St James’ Park [BBC Sport].

Unai Emery himself has also now released a statement distancing himself from the job, claiming he is “100%” committed” to Villarreal.

This puts the Tyneside club back to square one with Paulo Fonseca – another favourite linked to just about every vacant Premier League job – and Eddie Howe – the man who broke Celtic hearts – now the frontrunners.

For Rangers fans eager to keep hold of their popular manager for as long as possible, they’ll be hoping the situation at St James’ Park is resolved sooner rather than later.

The Newcastle United job is just one of several linked to Steven Gerrard as another Premier League club mentioned alongside the Gers gaffer moves elsewhere.

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