The Scottish press has finally started waking up to the truth about the nutty idea that Gerrard is good enough for the Newcastle job.
Yesterday, on Radio Scotland, the idea was being scorned by none other than Chick Young, and if you read that and reckon that he’s in denial about his beloved club losing their manager it wasn’t that at all; it was a straightforward assessment of Gerrard’s chances which led Young to the conclusion that he had no chance.
In fact, in one of the best bits of the discussion, he suggested that if Gerrard had a shot then perhaps Callum Davidson, Scotland’s uncrowned manager of the year last year, had a shot as well. That theme has been taken up today by Hugh Keevins in the Sunday Mail.
The idea is finally being treated like the joke that it is. Even if you were prepared to overlook the first two seasons and last year’s cup defeats and only focus on the title win, people would have to also look at the start they’ve made to this campaign, which is far from impressive either domestically or in Europe. Gerrard has, as I said yesterday, reverted to type.
The story will now die its natural death over the next few weeks, a symptom perhaps of the fevered international break period where flights of fantasy are more common. That let’s some of them off. Not so much guys like Chris Jack and Keith Jackson, whose sycophancy was very real and who were convinced that this might actually have legs … albiet that Gerrard would refuse entreaties from the billionaires, an idea just as daft as them approaching him.
I don’t mind that these discussions are had, but you’ll notice that none of these idiots ever said that Rodgers would stay at Celtic because he “got the club”, even when Rodgers came from a background steeped in our traditions and ethos.
Gerrard is now “one of them” and that’s clearly true, but I don’t think many of us mean that as a compliment. Nevertheless, it’s a fair bet that he’d be off like a shot if a decent English club showed any interest in him. Only mugs ever doubted that.
It took bigger mugs to believe Newcastle might ever look in his direction. It now seems that they are in a minority. Perhaps the rest of them just don’t want to be laughed at.