After a touch over three years in charge at Rangers, given the immense job Steven Gerrard has done on and off the pitch at Ibrox it’s somewhat difficult to imagine him at Newcastle United.
In fact – Liverpool and England aside – it’s difficult for many Rangers supporters to imagine the iconic Anfield legend at the helm of any other side.
It very much feels like now is the time for Stevie to reap the benefits of what he, his backroom staff, the Board and the fans have built with plenty still to play for at Ibrox.
But as the international break rumbles on and newspapers everywhere scramble to fill copy, Gerrard leaving for Newcastle United is something we’re all being told to take seriously.
However, we’re yet to see any report claim the interest is genuine as the Toon Army celebrate a £305m Saudi Public Investment Fund takeover on Tyneside.
The entire thing – hung on the notion Steve Bruce is exit bound at St James’ Park following the buyout – centres around bookies odds.
We’re not entirely sure, but we don’t think in any other area of journalism would such a lightweight reference be able to sustain not just one story but reams of them, yet alas, here we are.
Now we’ve got everyone from radio stations down south to the tabloids up north peppering us with the Stevie G to Newcastle United content no-body wanted let alone asked for.
No real substance in Steven Gerrard to Newcastle United claims
The reality is that bookies can swing these odds for publicity or they change based on wagers and analytics meaning that by chucking £100 on something it directly impacts its standing in the running.
It’s about as concrete as 10IAR and anyone taking the reports seriously – other than rivals desperate to see the back of Gerrard – needs to get a little perspective.
Steven Gerrard is going to be linked to just about every job down south until he inevitably moves there (hopefully not for a while yet).
When it comes to Newcastle United – a side now with heady ambitions at the top of the Premier League – Gerrard may also be too experimental a choice at that level.
There’s a notion that the likes of Antonio Conte or another established, world-class manager of great renown should be earmarked for the job next.
That’s if Steve Bruce – a human being in a job that in fairness he’s not quite achieving in thus far – is to leave the Magpies.
Not that Gerrard isn’t world-class or he doesn’t have the ability to take on Newcastle United. In many respects, given the situation, he is a good fit.
A young, charismatic manager with big ambitions and experience restoring a sleeping giant to former glories.
But when we look at it – perhaps subjectively given our position as Rangers fans – he’s not quite finished doing that in Glasgow just yet with domestic dominance and Champions League football still to be realised.
For anyone worrying about Gerrard potentially moving to Tyneside, we’d urge you to relax for now even if all this chatter is a reminder that there will be life post-Stevie G at Ibrox.
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