By Wayne Veysey

12th Oct, 2021 | 7:00am

Sources: Newcastle making contact with Gerrard and two Premier League managers as plan revealed

Newcastle United are set to make contact with Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers as they step up plans to appoint a new manager, Football Insider has learned.

The duo are on the new Saudi-led owners’ list of potential replacements for Steve Bruce, who is set to be sacked in the coming days.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the three top targets for the new regime are Rangers boss Gerrard, Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and Everton’s Rafael Benitez.

They are set to to be sounded out about their interest in quitting their current jobs to take over at St James’ Park following the takeover.

Benitez is regarded as an outside bet after his impressive start at Everton, who he only joined in July.

He is immensely popular with the Newcastle faithful and also has close links to Frank McParland and Owen Brown, who are advising the new board.

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Football Insider broke the news last Friday that former Liverpool recruitment specialist McParland was in the running to join Newcastle.

McParland and Brown are also allied to Gerrard and that is helping to make him a firm contender for the post.

The 41-year-old England and Liverpool legend has revitalised the fortunes of Rangers, who he steered to last season’s title to end the decade-long Celtic dominance.

Gerrard does not have any Premier League management experience, which is one area where Rodgers has a major advantage.

He has previously turned down interest from Tottenham and Arsenal but Leicester have had a poor start to the season and he could be ready for a new challenge.

The manager search could take some time if Newcastle push ahead with plans to lure someone already in a job, while they are also looking to appoint a director of football and chief executive as well.

In other news, Newcastle United are expected to complete signing of 28-year-old from Premier League rivals with “agreement” in place.