'My instinct says no': 41-year-old won't leave Rangers for Newcastle, says Danny Murphy
Newcastle United are said to be on the hunt for a new manager following their takeover, but Rangers boss Steven Gerrard won’t be the man to take charge, according to Danny Murphy anyway.
Murphy, who played with Gerrard at Liverpool and is still close with the Rangers manager now, believes the former Reds skipper would turn down the chance to move to St James’ Park as things stand.
Speaking on Talksport, Murphy claims that while he hasn’t spoken to Gerrard yet, he has a gut feeling that Gers fans can rest easy for now.
When asked by Jim White about the potential for Gerrard to take the job in the northeast, Murphy replied with that Rangers fans want to hear.
“I don’t think he would. My instinct says he wouldn’t,” Murphy told White.
“I think at this stage in Newcastle’s evolution, it’s too much of a risk. It’s a relegation battle, not guaranteed to stay up. I’d be surprised if he did jump ship from Rangers. They can certainly offer him more money than he’s on at Rangers but I don’t think everything is about money for Steven.”
Gerrard, who won 114 caps for England, won the Scottish title last season at Ibrox. He was lauded by fans, mainly for preventing Celtic from making it ten in a row. However, since PIF took over Newcastle, his name has been mentioned as a potential new manager.
TBR’s View: Gerrard best off staying put for now
There’ll come a time when Gerrard will want to leave Rangers and move on, but he probably has a lot more to learn and achieve before he does.
You’d imagine that, down the line, he wants the Liverpool job. So while Newcastle might be a good stepping stone to that role, it’s also high risk as Murphy says.
For now, we feel Gerrard is best avoiding Newcastle and staying in Glasgow. Once he’s won a bit more, then the time might be right to return to England.
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