By Alex McLeish

14th Oct, 2021 | 11:19am

McLeish verdict on Gerrard possibly quitting Rangers after Newcastle manager twist via Sky

Alex McLeish has claimed Steven Gerrard would not be tempted into quitting Rangers to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers boss claimed the 41-year-old can establish himself as a “really top manager” by continuing to win titles and trophies at Ibrox.

A Newcastle source told this site (13th October) the new regime had made Brendan Rodgers their top managerial target.

However, Sky Sports claim the Northern Irishman has no interest in leaving the King Power Stadium for St James’ Park.

Football Insider revealed (12th October) Gerrard and former manager Rafael Benitez are also on Newcastle’s shortlist of candidates.

The Magpies’ new owners are expected to relieve Bruce of his duties soon, although he remains in his post at present.

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McLeish insisted Gerrard would not be motivated by financial gains when it comes to potentially leaving Rangers.

He suggested the former Liverpool star could remain in Glasgow for “another couple of years”.

“I don’t believe he would be tempted,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Let’s face it, the guys don’t need the money, it’s not about that. Young guys in their 20s, they’re possibly leaving clubs to get better wages.

“Managers, by and large, and where Stevie’s been as a player for many years, he can take his time.

“He can have the status of a really top manager by perhaps staying at Rangers another couple of years, winning more trophies.

“I would feel he wouldn’t take the Newcastle job.”

The Gers boss has been in charge at Ibrox since 2018.

He won his first silverware as a manager in the shape of the Premiership title last season.

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