By Noel Whelan

12th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Gerrard 'head turned' after update today from Newcastle source - Whelan

Noel Whelan has claimed the Newcastle managerial job would “turn anyone’s head” amid reported interest in Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the former Liverpool captain, 41, “deserved” to be in the running for the St James’ Park hot seat.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider today that Gerrard is one of the top contenders to take over as manager from Steve Bruce and he is expected to be sounded out about his interest in the post.

It is expected that Bruce will be sacked within days after a Saudi-backed consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley completed a £305million takeover of Newcastle last week.

Gerrard joined Rangers as his first managerial job in May 2018, and ended Celtic’s run of nine league titles in a row last term – handing the Gers a memorable triumph.

Whelan insisted Gerrard has the know-how to “knit a team together” at Newcastle following his Ibrox success.

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“The Newcastle job would turn anyone’s head, to be quite honest with you,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He’s done exceptionally well at Rangers, he’s deserved that speculation – there’s no doubt about it.

“He has done an excellent job, bringing in some fantastic players and building a great squad.

“He’s also built up a great culture at the club, which is the most important thing – you can have great players, but if you don’t have the continuity and togetherness, you have nothing.

“He knows how to knit a team together and get the best out of players.

“He deserves the plaudits, so the speculation hasn’t surprised me – I’m pleased that he’s getting that recognition.

“But we’ll just have to watch this space because there’s plenty of other great managers out there – like Conte, for example.

“The interest is just testament to how well Steven Gerrard has done at Rangers.”

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