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Peter Crouch urges Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to ‘swerve’ Newcastle job


Gerrard has been linked with a switch to St James’ Park (Picture: Getty Images)

Peter Crouch has urged his ex-Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard to ‘swerve’ the vacant managerial position at Newcastle.

A Saudi Arabian-backed consortium completed a £305million takeover of the north east club earlier this month, with current boss Steve Bruce expected to be replaced in the dugout.

Gerrard, who led Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season, is reportedly one of the frontrunners to take over at St James’ Park, along with the likes of Unai Emery and Roberto Martinez.

Bruce looks set to be replaced (Picture: Getty Images)

But Crouch feels that given the size of the rebuilding job at Newcastle, Gerrard may be better off waiting it out to be Jurgen Klopp’s successor at Liverpool.

‘That Newcastle are casting glances in his direction is no surprise at all,’ Crouch wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. ‘Approaching Stevie is a complete no-brainer.

‘There is a major rebuild to be done by whoever takes over from Steve Bruce and there are similarities to the job he walked into at Rangers — albeit with slightly different budgets!

‘If I’m a Newcastle fan, I’d love somebody like Stevie to come in.

‘It is a mouth-watering prospect for any possible new manager. Where can they take Newcastle with significant funding? 

‘I’m imagining St James’ Park under the lights against Barcelona in the Champions League, but that is potentially a few years down the line. Whether that fits with Stevie’s timeline will be key to his decision if an offer arrives.

‘Because let’s not mess about — here is Liverpool’s next manager. He has to be. Jurgen Klopp has that job for as long as he wants it, but he is not going to stay around for ever. At some point, his family might want to move back to Germany. When that happens, Gerrard will be ready

‘That is worth waiting for — the move back home. He could manage his club for 10 years and cement his legend even further, if that is possible. He is on that path where he is, so to take Newcastle would be a huge call. 

‘I would not bet against him doing another magnificent job in the North East if it happened but the man to take that leap does run the risk of the appointment ending up short-term. Right now, we do not know how the new owners will run the club.

‘If I were in his shoes, I would probably give it a swerve. There would be an element of feeling wary about the unknowns, for sure. Other factors are at play as well. The Rangers support would understand his departure for Anfield, whereas it might be a somewhat different conversation with Newcastle.’


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