By Adefunmiloye Alani

17th Oct, 2021 | 7:10am

Davie Provan can't see Gerrard taking the Newcastle job unless he's offered it

Steven Gerrard has been linked with the Newcastle United managerial job, but the Rangers boss has distanced himself from the soon-to-be vacancy.

Steve Bruce is set to be axed after the Saudis took over the club in a £300million deal, and a quality replacement is being sought.

BBC pundit Danny Murphy also believes Gerrard will not leave Rangers for Newcastle, but Davie Provan reckons the Ibrox boss will likely leave should the Premier League moneybags directly approach him.

The Sky Sports pundit told The Scottish Sun: “Steven Gerrard’s unofficial spokesman Danny Murphy says the Rangers boss wouldn’t leave for Newcastle.

“Of that possibility, the Match of the Day pundit says: “I think he’s built up an affinity with the Rangers supporters. I’d never say never, but at the moment no, he wouldn’t do it.”

“I’m with Murphy, I can’t see Gerrard taking the Newcastle job. Unless he’s offered it.”

Tempting

Gerrard was linked with the Tottenham Hotspur job in the summer and will always get linked to any vacant seats in the English top-flight.

However, most of these reports are just rumours, but if he is indeed on the radar of the Newcastle new owners, will the Rangers boss be able to turn it down if Amanda Staveley puts a call through directly to him?

The Magpies currently have the world’s wealthiest owners, and the club could be title challengers and Champions League regulars in five years from now.

Rangers are a big club, but they cannot compete with whatever Newcastle are able to offer and guarantee the 41-year-old.

Ideally, they probably prefer someone with more experience and a manager capable of overseeing the new project at St. James’ Park, and Gerrard could struggle with such a job.

However, if they offer Gerrard the chance to call the shots in the Toons dugout, turning it down could be very difficult given the opportunities and possibilities involved.

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