Steven Gerrard has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Newcastle United to replace his former Reds boss Rafa Benitez, who departed for China earlier this month, calling the rumours ‘fake news’.
After a solid start to management at Rangers last season, Gerrard has already been linked with a couple of jobs in England, which is no surprise.
Derby County, who appointed Phillip Cocu this week, were reportedly interested in him when Frank Lampard left for Chelsea. Now Newcastle were thought to have shortlisted him as a candidate.
Gerrard, though, will be staying in Scotland for another season at least. Asked about whether a potential move to St James’ Park could happen, he was definitive.
Via the Daily Record, he said: “Fake news. Not that I’m aware of.”
If he does continue doing a good job up in Scotland – and we’re sure he will – then there is no reason to think that other jobs in the Premier League, with less problematic owners, will come up.
Long-term, of course, Gerrard’s aim will be to come back to Anfield and win the Premier League title – but he might have to go to another English team first, depending on the timing of his move.