They claim, the Newcastle owner thought the chances of luring Gerrard to St James’ Park were poor, but he was prepared to try.
But the former Liverpool captain has snubbed the approach and spurned the chance to replace his former boss on Tyneside. He only joined Rangers last summer and believes he has unfinished business at Ibrox, after guiding the team to a second-place finish last season.
However, Vieira has indicated he is happy at his current job and wants to remain where he is.
Despite the two targets being early in their managerial career, they have turned down a Premier League job, and the Newcastle fans even understand their decision.
Some of them took to Twitter to share their views about Gerrard not wanting to take over at St James’ Park.
One stated ‘good on him’ for saying no whilst another insisted ‘not surprised in the slightest, his stock is rising, can’t see why he would want to risk that coming here’ to Newcastle.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has rebuffed an approach from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley regarding the vacant manager position. #nufc [Mirror]
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 7, 2019
Good on him
— Sheikh Will (@thurkettlewill) July 7, 2019
Not suprised in the slightest, his stock is rising, can’t see why he would want to risk that coming here
— David J G (@DavidJG00615083) July 7, 2019
Good for him, if true. Couldn’t see any decent manager working under Ashley’s regime.
— dawn turney (@DTTOON1) July 8, 2019
That didn’t take long, mind I’d be surprised if Rafa didn’t warn him off it
— Rob Black (@rob1892black) July 7, 2019
Probably asked Rafa what they’re like????
— Rafa Facts (@FactsRafa) July 7, 2019
Don’t blame him
— max (@Simply_Almiron) July 7, 2019
As if he would take it anyway
— Paul (@Paul14boss) July 7, 2019