Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly added Rangers boss Steven Gerrard to a shortlist of managers to replace Jose Mourinho but the Ibrox side shouldn’t be concerned about him departing.
According to 90min, Gerrard is on a list of potential replacements for the Portuguese manager at the North London club, who is under serious pressure after recent defeats against Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb.
Whilst Brendan Rodgers is the reported number one target for Daniel Levy at Spurs, the Leicester boss would not come cheap, so Gerrard and RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann are also being considered, although Levy is said to be concerned about their lack of managerial experience.
Gerrard has proven himself to be an excellent manager during his time at Rangers, helping transform the club both on and off the pitch and his successes this season will not go unnoticed by teams in the Premier League and in Europe, with former England teammate Wayne Rooney impressed with the “fantastic” job he has done in Scotland.
The 40-year-old delivered title number 55 for Rangers and his side remain unbeaten in the top-flight with just five fixtures remaining of the season, whilst the Ibrox outfit also enjoyed an impressive run in the Europa League, one that saw them reach the quarter-finals before a rare home defeat against Slavia Prague.
In 33 top-flight fixtures so far this season, Rangers have scored 78 goals and conceded just 10, which emphasises that Gerrard has made a hugely positive impact on both their attacking and defensive records during his time in charge.
In the season before Gerrard joined, Rangers finished third, scoring 76 goals but conceding 50 in 38 fixtures, demonstrating how much work he has done to be able to solidify their defence whilst maintaining their threat going forwards.
Therefore, it is no surprise that we are starting to see interest in Gerrard from down south, however, on this occasion, it feels like Rangers don’t have much to worry about.
Whilst Gerrard would surely appreciate the opportunity to work with world-class players such as Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane, it is difficult to see him returning to the Premier League as a direct rival to his beloved Liverpool.
There is also no guarantee that Spurs will be in the Champions League next season, as they currently sit sixth in the Premier League, whilst they were also knocked out of the Europa League recently, and Gerrard would surely not want to give up the chance to manage Rangers in Europe’s elite competition to move to a side such as Spurs.
This, combined with Levy’s reported concerns about Gerrard’s lack of experience, will hopefully prove enough to see him stay at Ibrox for another season at least.
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