PETER CROUCH reckons Steven Gerrard would be a "terrific appointment" for Newcastle.

The Rangers boss has been linked with the Toon job amid growing speculation that Steve Bruce will be relieved of his duties.

Reports today have suggested that Gerrard is on a three man shortlist for the job alongside Roberto Martínez and Unai Emery.

Crouch reckons Gerrard would be the perfect appointment for Newcastle and he hailed the Liverpool legend in his Daily Mail column.

He said: “He is the only player I’ve dedicated an entire chapter to in my books — I have so much admiration and respect for him.

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

“That Newcastle are casting glances in his direction is no surprise at all. Approaching Stevie is a complete no-brainer. If I’m a Newcastle fan, I’d love somebody like Stevie to come in.

"Stevie would be a terrific appointment. But how far away is real success at Newcastle — and I mean silverware — and how does that impact on the Liverpool job? These are huge questions he must ask himself if the interest in him becomes serious over the coming days.”