Rangers manager Steven Gerrard previously played under the soon-to-be-departing Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has predicted that there will be a long queue of managers wanting to replace Rafa Benitez at St James’ Park. 

Newcastle confirmed on their official Twitter account on Monday that Benitez will leave his managerial post this Sunday, with Gerrard describing him as ‘one of the best’ in the world.

For months, and months, Newcastle and Benitez had been in discussions to extend his contract at the club, but it has seemingly now ended in the worst possible fashion if you are a Newcastle fan.

Rangers boss Gerrard, who played under Benitez during their time at Liverpool, offered nothing but praise for the Spaniard and offered some words of encouragement for Newcastle fans.

“I’m not surprised because there has been a lot of noise around Rafa’s future for quite some time,” Gerrard told Sky Sports. “I think the closer you get to a contract, I think that tells you everything really.

“Newcastle are losing a great manager. Rafa is one of the best coaches in the world. But Newcastle is a fantastic club with top supporters.

“I’m pretty sure there will be a queue of as long as you can imagine in wanting to get in there to try and take Newcastle forward. I suppose it is a bit of a shock, but when a manager gets within months and weeks of a contract it didn’t really surprise me at all.”

There’s no doubt that Benitez will not be short of any offers now that he is set to part ways with the North East club when his contract does officially run out.

The same could be said about the soon-to-be-vacant managerial post at St James” Park, where the club have to ensure they get the right man into the club.

Whoever does sign, they will have to work on a tight budget and will be tasked in ensuring the Magpies don’t slip down the Premier League table. This could result in manager’s opting against pushing for the post, but as Gerrard stated expect a long list of people wanting to take the reigns. 

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