Will Steven Gerrard watch Newcastle play Spurs on television this afternoon with a pen and notebook at hand, taking notes he might need for professional reasons in the near future?
Only if he’s taken to kidding himself on, I would say.
Am I missing something here?
On what basis does the Rangers manager have a chance of getting the job soon to become available when current gaffer Steve Bruce sorts out his severance money at St James’ Park?
Newcastle ’s new owners have inherited a team whose lowly league position can be explained by the fact the team is full of players who are not good enough.
The first priority for Bruce’s eventual successor will be to keep the club in the Premier League this season before addressing the
question of where they might go thereafter while being backed by unlimited funding.
Survival will, therefore, surely be placed in the hands of someone who has managed in England’s top flight or somewhere else of comparable standing on the continent.
A manager who has won only one of nine trophies available to him in Scotland over three complete seasons would not look to me like a viable candidate.
I could be sarcastic and say Callum Davidson would stand a better chance of consideration because he’s won two trophies in one
season while at St Johnstone – but I’m trying to keep the debate on a sensible level.
Gerrard is the Wim Jansen for the 21st Century. The Dutchman achieved immortality in the eyes of the Celtic supporters by
stopping Rangers from winning 10-in-a-row in 1998.
Gerrard now enjoys the same hallowed status for performing the same trick in reverse in 2021.
However, ownership of the bragging rights within Scotland’s cultural divide means the square root of sod all to the wider world. In the grand scheme of things it is an irrelevance when the time comes for big decisions to be taken in places like Tyneside.
Managing Rangers is a means to an end for Gerrard, as it was for Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.
That’s why Hoops fans woke up one day and found Rodgers off to Leicester because a greater opportunity had cropped up.
Now Rodgers is said to be uninterested in Newcastle because he feels there’s a bigger job in the offing at Manchester City not too far down the line.
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Gerrard has to buff up his reputation this week when Rangers play Brondby.
His Europe League campaign so far has failed to yield a single point and has left the manager’s team bottom of their group.
His time as boss at Ibrox has been characterised by distinguished performances in European competition.
But this season the veneer has been damaged by a Champions League exit that cost Rangers a lot of money followed by consecutive defeats to Lyon and Sparta Prague in the tournament one down from there.
What Gerrard does in Europe will be noticed by the wider world so he now needs to reverse a negative trend.
On the one hand Rangers’ manager has to prove he’s good enough to get out of here and work at a significantly higher level.
Ange Postecoglou, meanwhile, has to show he’s good enough to stay here by the quality of his work at Celtic Park.
Domestic football is more important to the Celtic fans than Europe after losing the league title to Rangers.
But Postecoglou can’t afford to go on emptying the ground as his team did while Bayer Leverkusen were taking four off them in their last Europa League match.
Ferencvaros on Tuesday afternoon will be a timely temperature check for Ange.
The Hungarian side did for Neil Lennon when they won at Celtic Park and set the manager off on a destructive loss of temper that disrupted the dressing room and destroyed the rest of last season.
The jury is still out on Postecoglou and goodwill alone will not be enough to determine his future.
Only results will perform that function, one way or another.