According to a recent interview with The Mail on Sunday, Wayne Rooney believes that Steven Gerrard will return to the Premier League as a manager in the near future.
The 38-year-old is currently in charge of Scottish giants Rangers and has been since taking over from Graeme Murty back in the summer, and he has led the Gers to a reasonably solid start to the new campaign, which included reaching the group stages of the Europa League – their first European group stage campaign since 2010.
And ex-England teammate Rooney believes that Premier League sides will seek to ‘snatch’ Gerrard away from Ibrox in ‘two or three years’ time, with the former Manchester United and Everton striker potentially having just alerted Southampton to their ideal long-term Mark Hughes replacement.
Ultimately, Welshman Hughes was appointed as Mauricio Pellegrino’s successor back in March with the brief of keeping the Saints in the Premier League, a brief he was able to fulfil by leading them to crucial late season victories over Bournemouth and Swansea City.
Yet some wonder whether the ex-Stoke City boss, sacked at the bet365 Stadium at the start of the year, is indeed the man to take the South Coast outfit forward in the years to come, and with just one win from their first five games this term, those doubts still remain.
Yet the start Gerrard has made to management at Rangers, alongside his incredible wealth of experience in the Premier League, suggests that he could well be the man for the Saints in the near future.
The Liverpool legend took over a Rangers side that were in disarray following turbulent stints under both Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty, yet there is no doubting that he has steadied the ship and improved the Gers team this season.
Gerrard helped the Light Blues navigate through the tricky Europa League qualifiers to reach the group stages of the competition, while they have also made a solid, if unspectacular, start to their Scottish Premiership campaign in winning two and losing just one of their first five games.
And with his Rangers side showing incredible defensive resilience at times this season, as well as occasions whereby they have seriously impressed going forward, there is little doubting that Gerrard has got the Scottish giants playing well again – he may even be able to take them back to the summit of Scottish football in the coming years.
And his first few months in charge of Rangers must be of interest to the Saints hierarchy, as there are few players out there with more experience of the Premier League than Gerrard, whose knowhow in the top-flight could prove invaluable for Southampton as they seek to re-establish themselves in the top ten over the coming years.
Thus, Rooney’s revelations may well have alerted the Saints to their ideal Hughes replacement in the years to come.
Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!