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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

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #81

    Ha ha , Maybe I got that wrong on the last post, I better go back and check.

  • Sheikh-en but not stirred

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #82

    What a bizarre statement… Whoever wrote it can’t decide if good or bad news!

    Oh well… We will just continue this for another 5 weeks until transfer window closes!!

    Perfect reason not to spend any money!

  • Rob1971

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #83

    The statement has just confused things even more, if everything has been approved it sounds like they have pushed it onto Ashley to say make your mind up stop moving the goalposts.

  • c-dog

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #84

    BZG couldn’t get the capital and face saving

    Liverpool did not take them serious

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #85

    Sounds like it’s all done, BZG feel they have satisfied everything asked.

    Tapeworm hasn’t been as difficult as usual (or BZG are very diplomatic)

    Waiting for Tapeworm to sign off on it or for him to give up waiting for his pal Kenyon to stop looking down the back of the sofa cushions for a spare £100m

  • Australian Pie

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #86

    Wtf are these riddles. Who is holding up and why? More questions than answers….

  • runheed

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #87

    This is a truly postmodern statement. Its the sort you’d make if you didn’t really know anything. They’re toying with our cognitive bias, man..

  • one fine day

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #88

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:41 AM
    Comment #42
    There was an unlogged flight on Friday from Heathrow to destination unknown

    Ohh that would have been catchy borrowing it to pop over some elite coaches forum in Zurich

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #89

    Well, what it does tell us is that everything, bar possibly the FA/premier league approval, is in place. So we should hear something more soon, and we can stop listening to to the paper bollix. Blackcloud’s last tweet on the subject, July 5th, said “Everything is agreed apart from the money being deposited.”

  • one fine day

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #90

    C dog
    Please give it up man
    Every day you just chip away at any tiny bit of positive news .
    Feels your another one who would be gutted if anything went right for us .

  • c-dog

    Jul 8, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #91

    It’s not positive news
    It’s cryptic and meaningless

  • lochinvar

    Jul 8, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #92

    For all you Miss Marples out there

    If the fantasists believe that Mourinho is in China for a reason then you would expect his wingman – 1st team coach to be there waiting in anticipation to get back to coaching a Premier League Team.

    So the clues:

    1. Who is that likely to be ?
    2. Where are they at the present time ?
    3. Where will they be when the NUFC pre-season tour arrives in China ?
    4. As well as tracking planes why not fit Rondon with a tracking device. He still wants to play for NUFC in the Premier League and could be rearranging his China Town itinerary.

    Over to you

  • runheed

    Jul 8, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #93

    Just think about this for a minute everybody. What competent professional organisation makes a statement on their multi million takeover by proxy through a radio presenter? ffs…


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