By Paul Robinson

12th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

Gerrard pal: Rangers board 'worried' by inside source's 'big' Newcastle manager update

Paul Robinson has claimed the Rangers board will be sweating as Newcastle United prepare to make contact with Steven Gerrard.

The former England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the job on Tyneside would be a “big opportunity” for his friend and former teammate.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider today (12th October) Gerrard is among the new board’s three top managerial targets to take over from Steve Bruce.

Along with Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benitez, the Rangers boss is set to be sounded out about his interest in the post.

Meanwhile, Bruce is expected to be sacked within the coming days by the new ownership.

Gerrard has managed Rangers since May 2018.

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Robinson, who was Gerrard’s England teammate from 2003 to 2007, claimed he would be an “outstanding appointment” for Newcastle.

“There will be a lot of worried board members at Rangers,” Robinson told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Newcastle is a big opportunity for a young manager. Gerrard could grow and evolve with the club.”

“They need a manager to be part of a project. They do not want a situation where they are chopping and changing managers regularly.

It’s a crucial appointment. I think Gerrard would be an absolutely outstanding appointment.

He has shown at Rangers that he has got the credentials to manage a big club and the expectations that come with it.

“He is respected throughout world football, and he will be able to get players in because he is a big name and he has great contacts.”

Gerrard helped Rangers win the Scottish Premiership last season to prevent Celtic from claiming their tenth consecutive title.

Rangers again lead the Hoops at the top of the league this season, with their advantage currently standing at six points.

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