Newcastle could turn to Steven Gerrard to replace Steve Bruce as odds slashed to 7/2 for Rangers manager to join Magpies
STEVEN GERRARD has emerged as a serious contender to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle manager.
That's according to Sky Bet, who've slashed their price on Gerrard being appointed at St James' Park.
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The Rangers manager was available at 20/1 before the £305m Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of Newcastle was completed.
But his odds of shortened dramatically to 7/2 overnight with bookmakers Sky Bet.
Gerrard took charge of the Ibrox giants in 2018 and guided the club to their first Scottish Premiership in 10 years.
He did, however, sign a contract extension in May, which runs until June 2024.
But the Liverpool icon isn't the bookies' favourite – that honour belongs to former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.
Conte left Inter after a disagreement over player transfers and finances.
The Italian remains a free agent having guided the club to a first Serie A title in 11 years and is available at 3/1.
Newcastle next manager
Sky Bet odds
- Antonio Conte – 3/1
- Steven Gerrard – 7/2
- Eddie Howe – 9/2
- Frank Lampard – 8/1
- Rafael Benitez – 9/1
- Brendan Rodgers – 10/1
- Jose Mourinho – 11/1
- Roberto Martinez – 14/1
- Chris Wilder – 18/1
- Roberto Mancini – 20/1
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Eddie Howe was the frontrunner for the position but has drifted from 7/4 to 9/2 after a flurry of activity in the betting market.
Frank Lampard is 8/1 while a sensational Tyneside return for Rafa Benitez is a fraction behind at 9s.
Bruce himself has admitted that he fears to axe from Newcastle's new owners with Mike Ashley no longer in his corner.
He told the Telegraph: "I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do, but you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them.
"New owners normally want a new manager. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.
"That decision is not up to me. I accept that and I will accept what comes my way. I have to wait to have those conversations with people when the time is right."
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