Sky Sports have dropped an on-air update regarding Rangers manager Steven Gerrard possibly joining Aston Villa.
The Lowdown: Klopp to have a say?
Yes, you read that right, apparently Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have a major say in Villa’s pursuit of Gerrard.
According to Football Insider, a critical factor in a possible move to Villa Park for the 41-year-old will be the Reds manager and how long he intends to stay at Anfield. His current contract runs until 2024 and, whenever he does leave, Gerrard will be the favourite to succeed the German on Merseyside.
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The Latest: Sky Sports update
Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett gave an update outside Villa Park on the managerial situation and ran the rule over a number of candidates, as relayed on Twitter by Football Daily.
One of those was Gerrard, about whom Dorsett said:
“When it comes to Steven Gerrard, it might not be easy for Villa to prise him away from Rangers. Although, the chief executive here, Christian Purslow, was managing director at Liverpool and worked very closely with Gerrard – the two men are pretty close, as I understand it.”
The Verdict: Purslow to be key?
Reports have suggested that sporting director Johan Lange will play a key role in securing Dean Smith’s long-term replacement.
However, if Gerrard is the man that Villa want, then perhaps Purslow needs to take a more prominent role due to his connections with the 41-year-old, especially with Dorsett that believing it might be difficult to bring him to the Midlands from Ibrox.
It looks set to be a busy few weeks at Villa Park, with reports later on Monday suggesting that Villa will now make an approach for Gerrard, who is thought to be interested in the job.
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