Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has weighed in on Steven Gerrard being linked with the manager’s job at Newcastle United.
The former Reds skipper has been linked with the manager’s job at St James’ Park ever since the club’s takeover was completed.
Mike Ashley’s reign at Newcastle came to an end this week, and in his place the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) secured an 80 per cent stake in the club.
The other 20 per cent is split equally between Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben Brothers investment fund.
Dalglish himself has ties with both Liverpool and Newcastle, having managed the latter during the late 1990s, as well as having two managerial spells at Anfield.
The 70-year-old says that he’s not surprised to see Gerrard’s name linked with the Newcastle job, but does not expect the former Reds’ No.8 to make the move to St James’ Park.
“I’m not surprised that Steven Gerrard has been linked with the Newcastle United job,” wrote Dalglish, in his column for the Sunday Post .
“But the first thing to say here is that, right now, Steve Bruce is manager of the club. We all need to respect that.
“Speculation has been rife since the takeover by new owners, PIF from Saudi Arabia.
“I would have been taken aback had the name of the Rangers manager not been put out there as someone who may well be in their thoughts.
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“Brendan Rodgers, Frank Lampard and Eddie Howe are also reportedly being considered as potential replacements for Bruce, should he and the club part company.
“We will have to wait and see what actually happens
“I know from experience that Newcastle United is a brilliant football club, and they have passionate supporters.
“I was manager there for almost two years in the late 1990s. I really wanted to give the club the success it deserved, but we just couldn’t manage it.
“So I will be keeping an eye on how it all unfolds under the Magpies new ownership, who have vowed to invest millions in their pursuit of success.
“The Toon Army are excited about the future, and there is a real feeling of optimism after the way things were for a number of years under the previous owner, Mike Ashley.
“Will they have Steven Gerrard in the dugout?
“He has been fantastic for Rangers. He won their first SPFL Premiership title for 10 years in a crucial season, given Celtic were going for 10-in-a-row.
“He has also made some huge strides in European competition.
“That is why he is being linked with Newcastle United.
“Right now, though, Steven will not be paying any attention to what is going on at St James’ Park. His only focus will be on Rangers, and Saturday’s massive game at home to Hearts.
“They defeated Hibs at Ibrox last week, and there will be a real determination to do the double over the Edinburgh clubs, who have both started the season well.”
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