‘Rangers are a bigger club than Newcastle’ – Ally McCoist says Steven Gerrard would be taking backwards step b

LEAVE STEVIE ALONE

Gers legend sends warning to the Magpies on talkSPORT: ‘Leave our manager alone!’

Rangers legend Ally McCoist believes Steven Gerrard would be taking a BACKWARDS step if he left Ibrox to become the next Newcastle United manager.

The Magpies have begun their search for a new boss, having confirmed Rafael Benitez will leave the club at the end of this week when his contract expires.

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Could Gerrard replace his former Liverpool boss Benitez in the Newcastle dugout?

Newcastle are reportedly keen on bringing a younger coach to St James’ Park, with Gers boss Gerrard, Nice manager Patrick Vieira and Man City coach Mikel Arteta among the names linked with the role.

Gerrard – who has also been linked with replacing Frank Lampard at Derby – recently committed himself to the Ibrox club, having guided them to a second place finish in the Scottish Premiership last season.

However, it is claimed Newcastle are ‘confident’ they can lure the former Liverpool captain to St James’ Park by offering him a job in the Premier League.

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But Ibrox hero McCoist has sent a firm message to the Magpies: ‘Hands off our manager!’

Asked if it would be a step up, a step back or a step sidewards for Gerrard to move to Tyneside, McCoist replied: “Well, Newcastle play in a far better league but I think Rangers are a bigger club.

“I love the football and the people in the north east, but what kind of step would it be for Steven Gerrard?

“They’re both massive clubs, similar clubs in terms of the support. They have absolutely fanatical support, the best supporters in the country, I feel.

Gerrard is committed to Rangers, but Newcastle want him at St James’ Park

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Gerrard is committed to Rangers, but Newcastle want him at St James’ Park

“But I’m not sure right now it would be a great move for Gerrard to be honest.

“He certainly has unfinished business at Rangers.

“I wish Newcastle the very best in their search for a new manager, but as we would say in Glasgow *puts on Scottish accent*: ‘Leave ours alone’!”