PETER CROUCH: Give Newcastle a swerve, Stevie! New Saudi owners MUST approach my awe-inspiring old mate Gerrard – but he is Liverpool’s next manager in the making and this job is a risk

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  • Steve Bruce on verge of sacking after Saudi takeover of Newcastle
  • Rangers’ Steven Gerrard is among the names to be considered for the role.
  • The ex-Liverpool star has seen success with Rangers winning titles in previous stints
  • He is Liverpool’s next manager and going back home is worth the wait
  • Right now, we don’t know how the new owners will run the club and that’s a risk.

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The video filtered from Rangers’ dressing room on winning their first league title in a decade said everything about Steven Gerrard.

The unity and bond they created in Ibrox was so evident. Usually, he was right in the middle of the festivities, slipping on the floor.

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Those clips inspired you to be a part of the dressing room that Stevie created. There are certain characters that draw everyone in and it’s a quality they’ve always had: an aura, setting standards.

Steve Bruce on the verge of replacement after the club's takeover
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Steven Gerrard (left) has refused to rule himself out of taking over at Newcastle United with Steve Bruce (right) on the verge of being sacked by the club’s new Saudi-backed owners.

Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley is pictured at St James's Park on Sunday (center right)

Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley is pictured at St James’s Park on Sunday (center right)

I had the pleasure of playing with him for three years and every day was an eye opener. Yes, this ability was regularly exposed during training, but it was his leadership, passion and dedication to the profession that shone through.

He became this awe-inspiring leader and, if I’m being honest, impressing Stevie felt more important than doing it with the manager. I wanted him to rate me.

He is the only player to whom I have devoted an entire chapter in my books – I have great admiration and respect for him.

When Steven Gerrard walked into a room, you knew about it. As a manager it will be no different now and the work he has done at Rangers is amazing.

Peter Crouch (right) heaps praise on Gerrard after playing with him at Liverpool

Peter Crouch (right) heaps praise on Gerrard after playing with him at Liverpool

Gerrard is now proving at Rangers that he is inspiring a man as a manager

Gerrard is now proving at Rangers that he is inspiring a man as a manager

He left his comfort zone on Merseyside, living on his own in Glasgow. Doing so and achieving what he has shows the mark of a man.

It’s no surprise that Newcastle is eyeing his directorial debut. Going to Stevie is a complete no-brainer.

Whoever takes over from Steve Bruce, there’s a major rebuild to be had and the work he’s done at Rangers has parallels – albeit with a slightly different budget!

If I’m a Newcastle fan, I’d like someone like Stevie to come.

This is likely to be a mouth-watering take on any potential new manager. Where can they take Newcastle with the significant amount of money?

I’m envisioning St James’s Park under the lights against Barcelona in the Champions League, but that’s potentially a few years down the line. Whether it fits with Stevie’s timeline, if an offer comes through it will be the key to his decision.

Because let’s not mess around – here’s Liverpool’s next manager. He has to be Jurgen Klopp has that job for as long as he wants, but it’s not going to last forever. At some point, his family would like to move back to Germany. When that happens, Gerard will be ready.

Bruce has been an unpopular figure among many Newcastle fans eager to see change

Bruce has been an unpopular figure among many Newcastle fans eager to see change

It’s worth the wait – to go back home. He can manage his club for 10 years and if possible strengthen his legend even more. He is on the way to where he is, so taking on Newcastle will be a big call.

I wouldn’t bet against him for doing another great job in the North East if it did, but the man taking that leap runs the risk of a short-term ending appointment. Right now we don’t know how the new owners will run the club.

If I were in his shoes, I would probably give him a blow. There will certainly be an element of feeling mindful about the unknown. Other factors are also at play. Rangers support will understand his departure for Anfield, while it could be a somewhat different conversation with Newcastle.

Gerrard will be ready for Liverpool manager job when Jurgen Klopp leaves (centre)

Gerrard will be ready for Liverpool manager job when Jurgen Klopp leaves (centre)

When Gerard was a player, it was clear that management was in his DNA – some are just born – and evidence shows that success will follow him. But there’s no guarantee in Newcastle because it’s all so embryonic at the moment.

Maybe it doesn’t work out, maybe he finds himself on a big contract when Klopp leaves. There are a lot of things to consider and I would not completely write off Newcastle’s job.

If there is a five-year plan, it is likely to be a mouth-watering one – challenging for the title with the money now at their disposal. This is the perfect move for an ambitious person who supports himself.

Stevie is both of those things. If Newcastle does it right, this is a club ready to raise.

Stevie would be a great appointment. But how far is real success at Newcastle – and I mean silverware – and how does it impact Liverpool’s job? These are big questions they should ask themselves if interest in them becomes serious in the days to come.

Mendy may be missing piece in Chelsea title puzzle

Thomas Frank had it right when Chelsea somehow beat Brentford on Saturday night, when he said his team would have won that game nine times out of 10. Cause they didn’t? Edward Mendy.

I spent my playing days knocking down goalkeepers and I am breaking the habit of a lifetime here by focusing on the excellence of a No. Mendy underscores the importance of a goalkeeper to a title-winning team. That’s the final, missing piece that could bring them over the line this season.

Chelsea were hanging on and this is one of the games they would have drawn or lost in previous years. Mendy’s save from Christian Norgaard in the end was incredible, and there were more.

Edouard Mendy is the final, missing piece of Chelsea's title puzzle to see them on the line

Edouard Mendy is the final, missing piece of Chelsea’s title puzzle to see them on the line

But it is Mendy’s overall contribution that has given him an added peace of mind since arriving from Rennes last year. His touch is spot on when dealing with a terrible back pass, he comes up and takes the cross with a right.

Look at all the teams that have won the league title and a common theme is relying on an exceptional goalkeeper. The signing of Alisson and Ederson changed the outlook for Liverpool and Manchester City, both of whom finished on top.

Mendy’s big influence at Chelsea is now finding himself in the mix. There are certainly other factors as well. You have to be strong everywhere but the margins are so good that the goalkeeper is often the decider.

Mendy's save from Brentford's Christian Norgaard in the end was incredible

Mendy’s save from Brentford’s Christian Norgaard in the end was incredible

You just have to look at Petr Cech over the years and I wonder how many points Peter and Kasper Schmeichel have won between them through their careers.

Chelsea wanted the right to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga. Kepa didn’t work at Stamford Bridge, it all felt a bit precarious.

Mendy has slotted in seamlessly – 28 signed, with experience and mistakes behind him, he is one of those goalkeepers who go unnoticed most of the time.

That’s the consistency you want. And when it hit the headlines this weekend, it converted the dropped points to three points.

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