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Steven Gerrard advised to 'swerve' Newcastle job to avoid wrecking Rangers legacy


Steven Gerrard should dodge the Newcastle job if he wants to maintain his excellent relationship with supporters of Rangers, his former Liverpool team-mate Peter Crouch has warned. Gerrard has been strongly linked with the Newcastle hot seat, which could soon be vacated by Steve Bruce. 

Newcastle’s new owners were widely expected to sack Bruce following their eye-watering £305million takeover on October 7. 

However, the 60-year-old remained in charge for the weekend’s game against Tottenham. A 3-2 defeat by Spurs hardly has however not helped his cause.

Bruce is viewed by Newcastle as a symbol of the unpopular Mike Ashley era and is under huge pressure to keep his job. The Magpies are currently languishing in 19th and are without a win in the Premier League this season. 

A consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley and 80 per cent backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia completed the purchase of the club from Ashley. Bruce revealed last week he has not spoken to the new owners about his future, though reported today claimed they are planning to replace the experienced manager in the ‘near future’.

Gerrard’s success with Rangers has seen him linked to the role after he helped the Glasgow side win their first Scottish Premiership since 2011 last term.

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“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 forever.  

“At some point, his family might want to move back to Germany. When that happens, Gerrard will be ready.” 

Gerrard has already tried to distance himself from the job, but did not entirely rule out replacing Bruce if the job became vacant. 

“I’m in a very big job, a very big role, which I’m very much focused on,” Gerrard said.  

“I don’t react or get involved in any speculation, especially when someone I have the utmost respect for is sitting in that job. Steve is a great character, someone I’ve got a personal relationship with.  

“Sitting in this position, I wouldn’t like people to speculate about my job, so I certainly won’t be getting involved in speculation towards his.”





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