Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman claims Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be tempted to leave the Scottish champions if Newcastle do come calling.
Gerrard has been heavily linked with the Magpies job since the takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, and McManaman thinks the opportunity of having £500m to spend on new players would be too good to turn down:
“If my old mate Steven Gerrard is approached to succeed Steve Bruce as the manager of Newcastle United it would be very hard for Steven to turn down. If what we’re being led to believe, that Newcastle United are going to be turned into the next Manchester City with all this money and power and glamour, it could be an absolutely brilliant opportunity to take that job.”
“I think it’s an amazing opportunity if these new owners say, ‘we’d like you to take this job as our manager and we’ve got £500million to spend.’ If that was Steven – and I know his principal job will be to manage Liverpool in the end – it would be an incredible opportunity and one that would be very difficult to turn down. If these owners want to invest and turn this club into one of the best in England, in Europe, how could you say no?”
Despite the links, there has been no concrete evidence that Newcastle are targeting Gerrard or any other manager at the moment. They are expected to sack current head coach Steve Bruce at some point but there doesn’t appear to be a plan in place regarding who the potential replacement will be.
Gerrard, himself, has opted to steer clear of the speculation linking him with the Magpies, but it hasn’t stopped the likes of McMananman and other pundits weighing in with their thoughts about whether he should take the role if it was offered to him.