Steven Gerrard’s debut managerial season at Rangers was an overall success. The former Liverpool midfielder led Rangers to a second-place finish behind Celtic. Hopes are high at Rangers that Steven Gerrard can take the club back to the top of the Premiership. This summer has seen Rangers recruit heavily for the season ahead. According to the Telegraph, Gerrard is on Newcastle United’s shortlist this summer.
If Newcastle United get their way, however, Gerrard will be on his way to St. James’ Park before the Premier League season kicks off.
Is Steven Gerrard interested in Newcastle United job?
Gerrard has stated he isn’t leaving Ibox but reports indicate Newcastle United are “confident” they will lure him to the Premier League.
The ex-Liverpool man isn’t the only high-profile manager Newcastle United are linked with. Nice manager Patrick Vieira is also on the Magpies’ radar. Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta is on Newcastle United’s managerial shortlist as well as the preseason approaches.
Gerrard could be put off from joining Newcastle United after former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez agreed to part ways with the club this summer. Benitez had an up and down relationship with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.
That up and down relationship could sway Gerrard and keep him at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard not the only manager on the wishlist
Newcastle United may not get their first or second options when searching for a manager this summer. 90min claims Burnley’s Sean Dyche is another manager to make Newcastle United’s shortlist. However, it would cost the Magpies £10 million to sign Dyche this summer from Burnley.
Benitez’s departure was heavily influenced by Ashley’s unwillingness to give the Spaniard control of transfer dealings.
Gerrard has already signed seven new players at Ibrox as Rangers attempt to win their first Premiership title since 2011. So far, Rangers have given Gerrard everything he has needed to succeed and leaving for St. James Park could be a poor career decision.
The ex-Liverpool player may not find the same success at Newcastle United and stall his meteoric rise as a manager. Gerrard can take plenty of lessons from Benitez’s time at St. James’ Park and waiting on another club may be the best decision.