WILL Steven Gerrard make the move to Newcastle? It remains to be seen.

The current Rangers boss has been heavilly linked with the Toon gig with current St James' Park manager Steve Bruce expected to be relieved of his duties as soon as this weekend.

Recent speculation has resulted in a mixed response from the footballing community and here we have gathered together some of the comments made.

Kenny Dalglish

“I’m not surprised that Steven Gerrard has been linked with the Newcastle United job.

“But the first thing to say here is that, right now, Steve Bruce is manager of the club. We all need to respect that.

“Speculation has been rife since the takeover by new owners, PIF from Saudi Arabia.

“I would have been taken aback had the name of the Rangers manager not been put out there as someone who may well be in their thoughts.

“Brendan Rodgers, Frank Lampard and Eddie Howe are also reportedly being considered as potential replacements for Bruce, should he and the club part company.

“We will have to wait and see what actually happens

“I know from experience that Newcastle United is a brilliant football club, and they have passionate supporters.

“I was manager there for almost two years in the late 1990s. I really wanted to give the club the success it deserved, but we just couldn’t manage it.

“So I will be keeping an eye on how it all unfolds under the Magpies new ownership, who have vowed to invest millions in their pursuit of success.

“The Toon Army are excited about the future, and there is a real feeling of optimism after the way things were for a number of years under the previous owner, Mike Ashley.

“Will they have Steven Gerrard in the dugout?

“He has been fantastic for Rangers. He won their first SPFL Premiership title for 10 years in a crucial season, given Celtic were going for 10-in-a-row.

“He has also made some huge strides in European competition.

“That is why he is being linked with Newcastle United.

“Right now, though, Steven will not be paying any attention to what is going on at St James’ Park. His only focus will be on Rangers, and Saturday’s massive game at home to Hearts.

“They defeated Hibs at Ibrox last week, and there will be a real determination to do the double over the Edinburgh clubs, who have both started the season well.”

Danny Murphy

"I haven't spoke to him but I don't think he would [take the Newcastle job]. My instinct says no he wouldn't.

"I think at this stage in Newcastle's revolution it would be too much of a risk; it's a relegation battle, they're not guaranteed to stay up, no matter who comes in to take charge.

"I'd be surprised if he did jump ship from Rangers."

Barry Ferguson

"Danny knows Gerrard better than anybody and he was saying no.

"He thinks he's enjoying his time so much at Rangers that he'll want to continue there and he doesn't think the time would be right in Steven's eyes to make any move.

"He doesn't think Steven Gerrard would head to Newcastle, but it's up in the air isn't it?

"Look at the nature of the people who are in there now: essentially they are the wealthiest of all wealthy owners.

"They can afford to do anything.

"Would Steven Gerrard be the right fit? Would his profile be right? Of course, he's a seismic figure in the world of football.

"But are they going to do anything? Are they going to move him (Bruce) out of there? (Amanda) Staveley met Steve Bruce today. That we know.

"Nothing has come out of that meeting as yet, and as far as I gather tonight it's business as usual.

"But the popular theory here is that Bruce will go before they face Tottenham at the weekend and he's on 999 Premier League games managed, so he might not get to the magic 1000 with Newcastle.

"It's a wild situation, nobody saw this coming last week."

Charlie Nicholas

“I don’t see why Steven Gerrard would be even remotely interested in taking the Newcastle United job.

“Newcastle have a long history. But why would he want the job? Because they are in the English Premier League?

“Yes, there will be major investment and they will go after better quality players now that the new Saudi Arabian owners are in at St James' Park.

“They have made it clear that it is their long-term plan. But it might take five years - or even longer.

“Is Gerrard going to jump ship for a five-year plan?

“You have to remember that guys like Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness have tried this job and failed to bring success.

“Many different types of coaches have taken the job but failed to deliver at Newcastle.

“OK, you might have the finances now, but that doesn't guarantee success.

“It is going to take time to build up Newcastle because there is no way they are going to be able to sign stars such as PSG's Kylian Mbappe and the like. That is pie-in-the-sky thinking.

“We don't even know if Newcastle - without a league win this season - are going to survive in the Premiership.

“It could be a far different proposition two years down the line for Gerrard, left, but now isn't the right time.

“I'm also not sure the Rangers manager would be on Newcastle's list. And, even if he is, he probably won't be in their top three.

“I reckon they will look for a more experienced manager and, in fact, I would expect them to be courting continental candidates.”