Steven Gerrard Rejected Newcastle United Manager's Job

Steven Gerrard has reportedly turned down the chance to takeover from his former boss Rafa Benitez and become the new manager of Newcastle United.

Newcastle United need a new manager after Rafa Benitez and the club couldn't come to an agreement on a new deal and the former manager moved to the Chinese Super League.

Benitez's replacement could have been the man who captained his Liverpool team Steven Gerrard. According to the Mirror the Rangers boss turned down the chance.

Gerrard only took over at the 'Gers' last summer but Mike Ashley wanted the former England captain to take the reigns at St James' Park.

It would have meant the 39-year-old taking over from his former boss, who had been Newcastle boss for the past three years before leaving.

However Gerrard rebuffed the approach and Ashley was always aware that was likely to be the case anyway.

Rangers would not have been happy with any approach either with the club due to face their first Europa League qualifier on Tuesday night against Gibraltan side St Joseph's.

The Sports Direct owner doesn't have a good relationship with the Scottish Premiership club either after formerly owning a percentage in the club and wanting to use Ibrox to fund a £10 million loan.

Ashley, who isn't liked by his own club either, sold his shares in Rangers in 2017 and a move for their manager wouldn't have gone down well with the Ibrox faithful.

The Magpies have been without a manager for just over a week. Benitez's contract ran out and with the club still waiting to be sold and not agreeing to his terms the Spaniard walked away.

The former Real Madrid boss initially failed to keep them in the Premier League when he first took over but decided to stay when they dropped into the Championship.

He earned promotion at the first time of asking and on a limited budget managed to keep them in the division for the two most recent seasons.

Benitez waving good bye to Newcastle. Image: PA Images
Benitez waving good bye to Newcastle. Image: PA Images

Benitez moved to the Chinese Super League to take over at Dalian Yifang last week and the English side are in desperate need of a new boss.

The club owner also reportedly targeted Patrick Vieira for the role but fellow former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is the bookies' favourite for the job.

Will anyone be able to keep Newcastle up or are they set for the drop next season?

Ryan Sidle

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