Gerrard a “perfect fit” for Newcastle and would stop any negativity on pitch

Steven Gerrard has been described as a "perfect fit" for the Newcastle United hotseat if the club's new Saudi owners look to replace Steve Bruce.

Newcastle host Tottenham on Sunday in their first game since Mike Ashley sold the club to a Saudi-backed consortium for £305million.

The takeover cranked up speculation over Bruce's future, with the Magpies currently 18th in the Premier League table after a winless start to the season.

Rangers boss Gerrard, former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre and ex-Chelsea coach Frank Lampard have been all touted as potential successors to Bruce, who remains in charge for Sunday's game.

And former Spur midfielder Tim Sherwood believes Gerrard would give players and fans "the lift" and prevent negativity from creeping in on the pitch – although he said Newcastle are "not going to get him".

"It’s underestimated how much you need a lift from those fans," Sherwood said on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday .

"If they go there and Tottenham can keep it quiet for 15 minutes, the negativity breeds onto the pitch. It won’t happen when they get their man."

Sherwood believes Gerrard and Newcastle are perfect for each other, but questioned whether he would leave Rangers, where the 41-year-old won the Scottish Premiership title last term.

"Would Gerrard leave a massive club like Glasgow Rangers? That’s for him to decide," he said.

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"Does he want to come back to the Premier League? I think it’s the perfect fit for him, short term I think it’s perfect, long-term when they give him the money."

Sherwood said players would want to be managed by the Liverpool legend – as he recalled how he wanted to play for Kenny Dalglish at Blackburn in his own playing days.

"I wanted to go play for Kenny Dalglish, there will be a lot of players who will want to play for Steven Gerrard. I think Gerrard is building his career and he’ll build with the club."

Bruce hit out at journalists over reports about his future as he faced the media ahead of Sunday's game against Spurs.

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Gerrard, meanwhile, said the situation at Newcastle was "interesting", although he distanced himself from speculation.

"I think it’s interesting, what's happening at Newcastle," said Gerrard.

"If anyone deserves a break it’s the Geordie fans. But I don't get involved in speculation.

"I don’t really react or get involved in any kind of speculation, especially when there’s someone who I have the utmost respect for sitting in that job."

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