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Reports – Steven Gerrard Is On Newcastle Shortlist But Initial Attempts Have Been Resisted

The Mirror has reported that Steven Gerrard will likely not be the next coach at Newcastle United this summer. The Mirror report comes just hours after the Chronicle reported that Steven Gerrard had made Ashley’s shortlist of potential targets.

This is what the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder reported late Sunday evening:

Newcastle have drawn up a shortlist of managers with Gerrard one of the names the club could approach formally with the pre-season trip to China just a week away.

However, the Mirror are subsequently reporting that Mike Ashley has been rebuffed by Rangers in his attempts to lure Steven Gerrard to Newcastle:

This is what the Mirror is reporting:

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has attempted to bring Steven Gerrard to St. James’ Park as Rafa Benitez’s replacement.

Ashley targeted Rangers boss Gerrard and Nice manager Patrick Vieira after Benitez’s contract ran out and the Spaniard left for China.

But the Sports Direct magnate has known from the offset that the chances of luring Liverpool legend Gerrard to Tyneside were slim.

This week he leads the club into Europa League action in Gibraltar against St. Joseph’s and the Rangers hierarchy haven’t welcomed Newcastle ’s interest especially after Ashley’s previous volatile relationship with the club.

So from the reports in the Mirror it appears that Rangers will not allow Steven Gerrard to leave for Newcastle. With Steven Gerrard still having three years remaining on his contract at the Ibrox, this move would have a lot of roadblocks.

Steven Gerrard– unlikely to be a realistic target

The Steven Gerrard link is very dubious on two accounts. First of all due to his relationship to Rafa Benitez and secondly due to Mike Ashley’s relationship to Rangers.

Gerrard will know all about the recent fiasco with Rafa Benitez and his contract talks. There is a lot of doubt that Steven Gerrard would be willing to work under Mike Ashley and his failed “model”.

Especially considering if he had any inclination to speak to Newcastle, he would most likely call Rafa Benitez for advice. That call would almost certainly end any inclination.

The other reason that this link is dubious was alluded to in the Mirror article – “Ashley’s previous volatile relationship with the club”.

Mike Ashley bought a stake in Rangers in 2014 and tried to increase his shareholdings which was ultimately rejected by the Scottish FA.

He also tried to secure a £10m loan using the Ibrox stadium as security. This was heavily protested by Rangers supporters at the time.

He continues to battle the club over the rights to merchandise sales of replica kits to this day.

So we would find the likelihood of Steven Gerrard becoming the next manager of Newcastle United as highly unlikely.

93 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #1

    I didn’t want him anyway. Too inexperienced, like Shearer. We need a man with good experience in Europe and great patience to deal with the buffoons at the club. I’m not sure we’ll get one.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #2

    They say trouble comes in threes. How many sets of three have we had with Ashley? It must be in the hundreds. A bizarre, greedy, selfish, childish man with no positive features whatsoever. Sounds like Trump doesn’t it?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #3

    All aboard the night bus, wonder if Harry’s aboard, he could tell us an Ashlie expeliarmus spell perhaps!

  • Geordie in Oldham

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Hi all I’m all for the flights going back and forward but since 25/06 the helicopter has landed at Coventry about 11 times think that’s one of it bases, as fro the rest of it’s flights I still think it’s no coincidence the places it’s going have some sort of significance, I’m still all in for the take over.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Aye, Bill, selling off the club’s assets is actually part and parcel of the game, but generally the money raised would be spent on either an improved player in the same position or two / three players to cover a couple of weaker areas of the squad or for future potential.

    This is where Ashley has failed, he’s never properly reinvested the money from the sale of Carroll, Sissoko, Cabaye and others.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #6

    If I was Gerrard I’d be saying Fck that, I’m doing OK with Rangers who are probably as much a bunch of fanatical supporters of their club as we are our’s.

    Who else is on Ashlies short list?

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Journalism has gone to sheeet when fellas like Ryder trot out days old rubbish like this. Stale bread Ryder ya fool.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #8


    Oh and what a surprise, the Penquin is still alive! 🙂

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #9

    So the short list contains a man who already said no, a man who is highly unlikely to come.

    Who’s third on the list?

    A stick of celery?

    A lost jigsaw piece?

    Holy Sh!t these two couldn’t organise sex in a knocking shop.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle is a lot bigger than Rangers because of the EPL money, and it’d be a big opportunity for him career wise should he do well. Scottish football is pretty dire, it’s become a backwater league despite the old firm, they play on artificial turf and kick seven shades of shit out of anyone with talent. He would have to be interested given all that and the group he’d inherit if there was 60 to 90 mill to spend. Not perhaps good for us, because it’s a tough tough job that probably needs someone with a good record of achievement, and certainly wouldn’t be an appointment that would indicate a sale was going to happen. Who’d spend 350 mill on a club in the state we are with Stevie G as manager, off the back of a half decent season at Rangers and a few years coaching the kids at Anfield.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Imagine Tapeworm and egg boy moving into motorsports.

    They’d try to win Le Mans on a fu&@ing unicycle.

    It would be funny if it wasn’t our club or so obviously ruining the entire season before a ball is kicked

  • beefman13

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Geordie two, Shearer took on a sinknig ship and just failed after 8 games, I would have him back anytime, Benitez had 12 games to save us but couldnt, but that OK even though he had tons of experience, fairs fair bonny lad.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 8, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Against that, schooled all his life at Anfield and a player with astonishing competitiveness, this massive desire to win the ball and get forward. We could certainly do with a bit of that at Newcastle, if he has the ability to pass it on to the players.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 8, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #14

    It’d put him straight in line to eventually takeover from Klopp should he do well for us. Lots of reasons for him to be interested. Under Ashley, we aren’t near good enough for Rafa, but we are certainly good enough for Gerrard, if he’s looking to take the next step, and the next beyond. The club is only dysfunctional without Rafa, it simply requires someone to come in and fill that void. There won’t be any glory, but it remains a big job, albeit a job that will never garner silverware, but Gerrard is probably more interested in developing his career, so I wouldn’t rule it out, and his closest peer is now in charge of Chelsea, so………, and he’s a guy the fans would give a chance. I wouldn’t dismiss this one too readily.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Jul 8, 2019 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Steven Gerrard, lol.
    Why not Steve Coogan, Steve Davies, Steve Austin, Stephen King, actually Stephen King would fit into the nightmare called Mike Ashley.

  • IrishRob

    Jul 8, 2019 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Wheres Dubai Mickey the past week I haven’t seen him on too often lately.

  • willowdalerez

    Jul 8, 2019 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Irish he was on this morning. Don’t for how long as I was going off to bed. No news from him on takeover front if that’s what you were hoping for but he isn’t in hiding either.

  • IrishRob

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #18

    I knew he wouldn’t be going on about takeovers any more, but I’ve only seen him a few times in the last week. Was just curious. Thanks Willow.

  • fog on the tyne

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Lads, i have a theory.

    The dead line for visa applications for china expired on friday I believe.

    Who’s already in china, presumably with said visa…..
    Only our Jose.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #20

    This should be an interesting week, what with a manager and coaching team missing and a trip to China on Friday (or Saturday, can’t recall).

    So what’s the bets on

    a) Takeover announcement, new manager, new positivity etc.
    b) New manager that no-one wants and will be seen as a yes man to the fat slug
    c) No comment and nothing changes, China trip cancelled
    d) No comment and nothing changes, China trip goes ahead (cos it would cost too much in penalty charges to cancel it).

    Heart says a, head says d.

  • Tatforsale Mikey

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Heart says A
    Head doesn’t have a clue anymore

  • fog on the tyne

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Im no accountant but when i just checked companies house it says that the accounts for year ending 1/7/19 are due on the 15/7/19. That was for newcastle united limited, my understanding was that they had 6 months to file the accounts.

    Am i wrong and looking to deep in to this or is this normal? But 2 weeks seems an awfully short time to file accounts for such a huge business.

  • Tom1664

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #23

    You may want to double check that Fog – it should be nine months from year end which allows time to have them finalised and audited.

  • posada

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #24

    I have the feeling our new manager was appointed some weeks ago.
    It’s Neil Redfearn.
    Simple as that.
    Another couple of weeks and – we tried for so and so but couldn’t get it over the line – so we will be starting the season with Neil.
    Have we ever had an U23 coach with actual managerial experience.

  • posada

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #25

    It has to be 100% or otherwise forget it.

  • ctommo

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Fog, the accounts are made up for the year. It is just a confirmation of these accounts which needs provided by the 15th.same as last year.

  • fog on the tyne

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #27


    My bad, i checked it. It says statement, whatever that means. I thought i meant accounts but further down it says accounts due march 20.

    However only charges remaining are due to st james holdings- ashley. 1 is for 33m and couldnt see what others are on the pdf’s.

  • Tom1664

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Fog – the confirmation statement is a record of who controls the club at year end – fingers crossed that might need updating shortly.

  • Grafton83

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Does the transfer window close on the 9th of August.

    That gives us a month to conclude a takeover, hire a manager and sign some players. Starting to get a bit tight

  • fog on the tyne

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #30

    Cheers tom

    As i said im no accountant

    Trying to cling to any hope,

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #31

    That’s a canny theory
    The Toon’s first fixture in China is in 9 days
    Jose stays in China – the lads do fitness up until
    the end of this week then join Jose in China.
    Good way to first meet the squad.

  • davo

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #32

    I believe the managers job now is impossible.
    Even if they could get someone in with Benítezs pedigree he would be viewed as a “yes man”,and thesupporters would be on his back from the off and rightly so.
    Anyone that comes in knows full well what they’re getting into and the fans can’t support anyone that would be willing to be manager under Ashley’s rules.

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #33

    I was thinking Jose under new ownership
    TBA later today

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #34

    It must have been gratifying for Ed and Neil to see the post
    count rise dramatically of late.
    I hope if we do get new owners the posts don’t fall away.
    This blog is rammed with whining neggers , so it could happen

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #35

    Rafa had ten games in which we drew at Anfield, drew with Man City and walloped Spurs, unfortunately for us the games that really mattered against our relegation rivals came too soon for a squad completely in disarray. Please get your facts right if you’re going to carry on with your slander.

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #36

    libel actually
    (unless you have audio contact with him)

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #37

    The chopper flew from Biggin Hill to Heathrow yesterday
    evening where it over-knighted.

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #38

    ha ha ha that’s a new one from autocorrect

  • NY Mag

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #39


    Those charges are all for the same thing, Ashley’s £33M loan, which as we know has already been paid back.
    That’s charges should have been satisfied – more sloppy paperwork by the club

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #40

    In the 2 scenarios (Rafa and Big Al)
    In Rafa’s case it was more what happened with our rivals
    Everton’s abject surrender to the red and white shite was
    the final nail.


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