“Why would Stevie leave for Villa and not Newcastle?”

“Why would Stevie leave for Villa and not Newcastle?”
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The question many Rangers fans are asking themselves over the past 24 hours is if Gerrard does go to Villa, why Villa, and why not Newcastle who had a tonne of cash?

Well there’s a major reason Newcastle could ultimately only get an unemployed Eddie Howe and not Gerrard, Conte or Emery who were all miles ahead of the ex-Bournemouth coach in preference.

That reason? They’re a basket case, and a completely unknown quantity.

Newcastle couldn’t get a credible manager because no serious coach was going to risk their reputation on a club which has been in purgatory for 15 years and is now cash rich under human rights’ violated Saudi investment.

It’s a complete poisoned chalice to a reputation, and that’s something Howe lacks.

A reputation.

But Gerrard now has one. He saved Rangers from *10IAR, and he won 55. His European runs were remarkable, and his stock in England sky high.

But Newcastle was a gigantic pile of fish in a barrel and it’ll be years and a lot of hard work and investment before they’re actually competing again.

But Villa? Good club. Sorry Rangers fans, they’re a decent and honourable club with a good reputation, and they’re stable – they’ve just had a dire start to the season and would expect to be in a better position than Birmingham’s biggest club are.

It’s why Gerrard is interested. They have good cash, rich owners, solid infrastructure, and Dean Smith’s time had simply expired. They’re the perfect stepping stone towards the Liverpool job.

A two or three years in Brum, closer to his brood as well, and if he impresses there surely it’ll be time for him to take Klopp’s reins from him.

So Villa is far more attractive to him than Newcastle. It’s far more attractive to ANYONE than Newcastle.

But it still doesn’t mean it’s a done deal.

We’ll see.

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  1. Newcastle year one keep them up. Year two keep them well away from relegation. Year 3 push for Europe. That would’ve been year on year improvement results wise and he could’ve undertaken massive behind the scenes improvement too which is not results driven. That would’ve been relatively easy for any decent manager (I’d expect Howe to do similar) and he could’ve left with his reputation intact.
    Aston Villa – how much can he really improve them? 11th last year with Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester and an improving Arsenal and West Ham above them. You’d also expect Conte to sort out Tottenham. So he might nudge Everton and Leeds out of the way for 9th place then hit a brick wall.
    He’s a good manager and could burst through (I hope he does) but it’s a big ask. Newcastle was the job to take all day long.

  2. Okay lads you got it way wrong on stevie leaving rangers but this could turn out be a great win for rangers.villa have $100 million in cash from the sale of jack grealish ,no doubt stevie will want to bring some rangers players to villa, ryan kent Etc ,so by going to villa stevie may bail out his old club financially.Over to you guys…….

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