Steven Gerrard weighs in on Newcastle manager situation; reveals Bruce admiration
Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, has been speaking about the Newcastle takeover and refused to get involved in discussions on if he’d look to take Steve Bruce’s job if it came up.
Reports last week claimed that Gerrard was one of the names being considered by PIF as a potential replacement for Steve Bruce. The former Liverpool skipper’s stock is high, after he led the Gers to title success last season.
The Newcastle takeover is a hot subject at the moment. Managers have been fielding questions all day about the news. Gerrard, however, wanted to focus more on Bruce’s achievements, and suggested the Newcastle boss should be shown more respect.
“I don’t really react or get involved in any kind of speculation, especially when there’s someone who I have the utmost respect for sitting in that job. Sitting in these positions, you know, I wouldn’t like people to be speculating about my job,” Gerrard told his pre-match press conference.
And rather than getting involved in the discussion about who might take on the job in the northeast, Gerrard instead insisted the focus should be on Bruce and his 1000th game.
“I’ve certainly got one eye on Newcastle in terms of Brucey getting his 1,000th game. He’s a great character of the game, he’s someone who I have a personal relationship with and I have the utmost respect for him. I’m really looking forward to seeing him getting his 1,000th game, I think it’s a mammoth achievement, so congratulations to him at the weekend.”
TBR’s View: Newcastle and Gerrard a good fit but classy from the Rangers man here
There’s no denying Gerrard would be a good fit for Newcastle. He’s done superbly well at Rangers, so it’s natural that they’re looking at him.
But above all else, Gerrard showed class here. He clearly has a lot of time for Steve Bruce and crucially, a lot of respect. He doesn’t need to get involved, but used his time to big up the experienced manager.
Gerrard probably knows the speculation will link him with the job. But it’s nice to see him take a classy approach here to the talk.