By Kevin Campbell

18th Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Campbell: 'Phenomenal' Gerrard is perfect for Newcastle after source update

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is the ideal candidate to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle United, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, cited Gerrard’s attacking brand of football and success in the transfer market as reasons why.

Steve Bruce was given his 1000th game in management on Sunday but his days on Tyneside would appear numbered.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that Gerrard, 41, is one of the initial three three favoured candidates, along with Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers.

As quoted by the BBC, Gerrard refused to rule himself out of the running for the job when quizzed on the matter last Friday (15th October).

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the latest, Campbell said: “Steven Gerrard could be a really good move for Newcastle.

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“Make no mistake about it, he’s done a phenomenal job at Rangers. He has given that side an identity and they’ve wrestled the title back off Celtic. Let’s not forget that they went unbeaten in the league last season.

“His recruitment has also been very good which will be important for Newcastle under the new owners.

“Newcastle are looking for a young manager and a manager who likes to attack. Gerrard fits that bill.

“I know Steve Bruce was not backed by Mike Ashley. But I think it was his tactics which rubbed the Toon Army up the wrong way though. The fans wanted the team to go for it but he was a bit more pragmatic. I get that.

“Steven Gerrard would be great because he wants his team to attack, be on the front foot and be aggressive. That would suit the Toon Army down to the ground.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Newcastle could land £20m-a-year after confirmed news.