Steven Gerrard and the Rangers success Newcastle can’t ignore as Robbie Savage talks up Tyneside switch

Pundit Robbie Savage believes Steven Gerrard is the ideal man to take Newcastle forward – but can’t understand why they look set to get rid of Steve Bruce.

The Magpies have been taken over by a Saudi Arabian fund, bringing the hated Mike Ashley era at St James’s Park to an end.

Current boss Bruce is unpopular with fans, and while he’ll take charge of his 1000th match this weekend it’s clear there will be a change in the dugout imminently.

Rangers manager Gerrard is one of the names believed to be in the frame, though he refused to be drawn on the issue on Friday.

And while former Premier Leagu e foe Savage believes the Liverpool legend would be ideal, he’d like to see Newcastle stick with Bruce.

He wrote in his Daily Mirror column: “At the risk of alienating the Toon army, Bruce deserves more credit than he’s been given. To reach 1000 games as club manager is a phenomenal achievement.

“Only 26 people have managed that milestone in English football, including Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Robson and Arsene Wenger.

“You don’t take charge of that many football matches if you don’t know what you’re doing.

“I still don’t understand why he is so disliked, with a 29.2 per cent win ratio, when Rafa Benitez – a fantastic manager, no dispute – had only a marginally better win ratio (33 per cent).

“Admittedly, Bruce did spend more money than Rafa. But it is clear Bruce was operating within tight financial margins in the last days of Mike Ashley’s reign as owner, while money will be no object for the next boss.

“But who are they going to bring in? It will take someone of Kevin Keegan’s charisma 30 years ago to galvanise the fans. Even the richest club in the world may not be able to tempt Brendan Rodgers away from Leicester.

“And some of the other names linked with Newcastle, including Antonio Conte, are by no means certain to jump on the first plane.

“If it was my call, I’d go for Steven Gerrard – a proven success at Rangers, a big name in every respect and someone whose sheer force of personality could live with the ambition of the new owners.”

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