Frank McParland set to lead manager search at Newcastle, Steven Gerrard seen as candidate

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Newcastle United are expected to confirm former Rangers hiring manager Frank McParland in a role at the club soon, with current Gers boss Steven Gerrard seen as a viable candidate to become Magpies’ new boss, according to Echo du Nord.

The St James’ Park team are shaking things up after a consortium dominated by Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund took control of Mike Ashley.

Mcparland was in Tyneside last week when the takeover was confirmed and should play a key role within the club.

The former Rangers chief recruiting officer will be tasked with finding a new manager to succeed Steve Bruce at Newcastle’s post and could return to Ibrox to do the job.

Gerrard is seen as a viable candidate to succeed Newcastle, although his Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also seen as possible.

Rafael Benitez has excluded himself from the race as the Spaniard is unwilling to leave Everton after the Toffees withstood pressure from fans to nominate him.

And former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is not interested in taking over at Newcastle at the moment.

Gerrard led Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season and also called attention to his teams’ performance in European competition.

It remains to be seen whether a move to Newcastle will please Gerrard and whether he would be ready to leave Rangers mid-season.

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