Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard, has turned down the chance to manage League One side MK Dons, according to reports in the British press. The 36-year-old left LA Galaxy last week and has since been subject to a number of offers both on and off the field.
But according to Jamie Carragher, Gerrard’s close friend and former teammate, the offer from the League One side – or any managerial offer for that matter – came too soon. Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “His family didn’t go over to the States fully but I think the MK Dons job offer came too early. I don’t think he is fully ready yet. Maybe he wants to see if he can get more experience. It’s great he’s making noises about going into management.
“If he’d have taken the job, it would have been a good decision in terms of the club. That chairman [Pete Winkelman] gave Karl Robinson plenty of time, gave Roberto Di Matteo and Paul Ince a chance. The chairman, rather than the club, would have enticed him. I think it will only be a matter of time.”
Gerrard is supposedly eyeing a move back to Liverpool but as a coach and current Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has in the past admitted he’d love to have Gerrard back at the club. The 36-year-old is currently working on his UEFA ‘A’ licence and could use his former club to fulfil the various experience-based requirements he needs.
“Steven Gerrard – and this will be a really big surprise – is always so welcome at Liverpool FC,” Klopp said last month. “You cannot imagine how welcome so absolutely no problem, but everything we will talk to each other about will stay in these talks. That is how I know Stevie and that is how I am. Nobody should be worried that we don’t have space for Steven Gerrard. Everything will be fine, 100%.”
However, Gerrard is thought to be keeping his options open before committing to any long-term plan. He’s also being considered to be a part of the new backroom staff - along with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard - that the FA are assembling to give potential manager Gareth Southgate the best possible team to guide England back to the top of international football.
Rest assured, the UEFA Champions League winner will have plenty of offers on the table this side of the pond.
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