By Saikat Mandal

10th Oct, 2021 | 7:10am

Frank McParland could help Newcastle land Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard could be targeted by Newcastle United following the club’s change in ownership, according to The Times.

The Magpies are expected to go through a radical change in management following the Amanda Staveley-fronted takeover of the club earlier this week.

Steve Bruce probably won’t be retained as the club’s manager, and the new owners are likely to bring in a new face. There won’t be a shortage of money, and the prospective new manager will be backed with a massive transfer kitty.

According to reports from The Times, the new owners are likely to appoint Frank McParland as key football adviser to the new Newcastle United board of directors.

McParland was previously Rangers’ head of recruitment under Mark Warburton and stepped down from his role in 2017. He also previously worked as a transfer specialist at Liverpool.

Gerrard will be on the shortlist of potential replacements should the new owners decide to part ways with Bruce, which is inevitable.

The report claims that McParland is closely allied to both Gerrard and Rafael Benitez, and could play a key role in bringing either of them to Newcastle.

Tough choice

Gerrard has done wonders since taking over at Rangers and helped the Ibrox outfit win the SPFL title last season.

He has impressed everyone with an attacking brand of football, and at some point in his managerial career, the Liverpool legend would look to manage a Premier League club if there’s an offer.

Having said that Gerrard could be considered too inexperienced for the Newcastle role. The new owners could look for someone who is either a serial winner (someone like Antonio Conte) or a talented Premier League manager (someone like Graham Potter) as they embark on the rebuilding project.

However, if Newcastle do come up with an offer for Gerrard, it will be hard for him to turn down. The Rangers boss has shown signs of frustration earlier this month, suggesting the club need to spend more if they are serious about doing well in Europe.

At Newcastle, he will be backed with funds to buy players of his choice, and it could appeal to him as the Magpies lurch in the fresh direction.

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