By Adefunmiloye Alani

19th Oct, 2021 | 1:00pm

Steve McManaman urges Gerrard to leave Rangers for Newcastle

Newcastle reportedly want Rangers boss Steven Gerrard as they look for Steve Bruce’s potential replacement, and Steve McManaman wants him to consider it.

The Premier League side have mega-rich news owners in place, and they could be ready to splash the cash pronto in a bid to become the next bigwigs in the English top-flight.

Gerrard’s name has constantly been linked with the job, but it remains to be seen whether he is open to swapping Ibrox for St. James’ Park at the moment.

McManaman believes he should not hesitate to join them should the opportunity come calling given the huge squad investments expected to be on the cards.

The BT Sport pundit told HorseRacing: “If my old mate Steven Gerrard is approached to succeed Steve Bruce as the manager of Newcastle United it would be very hard for Steven to turn down.

“If what we’re being led to believe, that Newcastle United are going to be turned into the next Manchester City with all this money and power and glamour, it could be an absolutely brilliant opportunity to take that job.

“I think it’s an amazing opportunity if these new owners say, ‘we’d like you to take this job as our manager and we’ve got £500million to spend.’ If that was Steven – and I know his principal job will be to manage Liverpool in the end – it would be an incredible opportunity and one that would be very difficult to turn down.

“If these owners want to invest and turn this club into one of the best in England, in Europe, how could you say no?”

Very tempting

It is very easy for anyone not in Gerrard’s shoes to tell him what to do or not to do, but there is no denying that he wants Rangers to splash the cash in order to boost their chances on the continent.

The Scottish Premiership defending champions do not have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with European heavyweights financially, but Newcastle do.

However, they currently do not have the squad to challenge and are hoping their next manager oversees a perfect rebuilding job.

It is an exciting role without a doubt, but it is a very challenging one, and Gerrard knows taking it up would be a huge risk that could end up with him getting sacked if things go wrong.

On the other hand, he will be boosting his reputation if things go right and he ends bringing back the glory days to Tyneside.

At Rangers, the 41-year-old has nothing to worry about except a title defence and winning the domestic cups, and he will have to make up his mind should the new decision-makers at SJP come calling.

In other Rangers news, a Sky Sports pundit has suggested that Bears man will join PL side should offer arrive.