While the media falls all over itself over Steven Gerrard to Newcastle, the story certainly has reportedly got Rangers’ manager ‘intrigued’ according to many sources, but then, it’s got us all intrigued, hasn’t it?
A big chunk of Saudi cash is now in England and has instantly made Newcastle one of, if not the richest club in the world, and the globe watches on fascinated to see what happens here.
The odds, the last time we spoke about this, had Gerrard outright favourite.
Both Belgium’s Roberto Martinez and ex-Inter and Chelsea coach Antonio Conte are now both above the Liverpool legend and God of Glasgow in the standings, although none of them ever had odds as strong as Gerrard when he was number one.
Eddie Howe and Brendan Rodgers are also prominent in the list, so there’s certainly a big long reel of candidates, viable and otherwise.
Is Gerrard realistic?
Look, we know he will leave at some point, but the very notion of talking about it provokes huge rage in so many Rangers fans of ‘fake news’ or ‘p*sh’. So the same fans who know he will leave react in outrage when the topic arises.
But that said, we must admit his tenure probably depends on the outcome of this season.
Win 56 and he 99% stays to have a crack at the CL with the Champions – he will suddenly have BIG money, money he’s never been able to dream of as manager, and he gets to flex his biceps as boss up against the cream of Europe.
Sure, we’ll likely get horsed, as we mostly did even under the Grand Master that was Walter, but just being there will be sizzling. And he’d want the shot.
But fail to secure 56 and this will surely be his last in Govan – there would be nothing at this point to keep him longer at Rangers if PL offers try to tempt him south with bigger budgets than Rangers can offer (which next summer without the CL would be modest again), and we know from his own word he’s deeply frustrated that he had nothing to spend this summer.
But is Newcastle, right now, the correct place for him to be? We know he wants to manage Liverpool eventually, but we detect a sense of softening up over his previous stance that that’s the only place he’d leave Rangers for. We just don’t know now.
Only he could answer that question if the call was made.