Clearly, football is a fast-moving business, and we’ve already seen the managerial merry-go-round click into gear this summer, with the likes of Maurizio Sarri, Rafa Benitez and Graham Potter all moving clubs already.
Still, one managerial change that likely won’t be made, though, according to Football Insider, is at Ibrox, as Dave King is confident that Steven Gerrard will stay in Glasgow despite a vacancy at Newcastle United.
Gerrard is just one season into his career at Rangers and in senior management, and it looks like the Anfield icon is already shaping up for a second season in Scotland. Indeed, the Gers have welcomed seven new players this summer already, with George Edmundson (BBC) and Joe Aribo (BBC) the most recent additions.
However, as Benitez has left St. James’ Park after his three-year deal expired on Sunday, a Premier League job is obviously now available, with Gerrard thought (per the Telegraph) to be one of the candidates for the job.
Still, per the Football Insider report, the club’s hierarchy are convinced he remains committed to the Light Blues and that, while he is said to have an ambition to return to England one day, the circumstances surrounding the Magpies right now aren’t exactly ideal.
Benitez – who managed Gerrard at Liverpool, of course – spoke of the club’s lack of vision upon his departure on Tyneside and there remains uncertainty as to a potential takeover from Mike Ashley, who has his own history with Rangers, having caused fan protests from the Light Blues faithful upon his apparent plan to use the club’s stadium as security for a £10m loan when he owned shares in them, per the Daily Record.
Obviously, King’s faith is good news for the club as they move into Gerrard’s second season in charge. Through the arrivals already mentioned, the 39-year-old has obviously been backed and has previously spoken (as per the Guardian) of his desire to improve on last season’s second-place finish.
Last year, he told the Make Us Dream documentary about his years as a player with Liverpool that he held the Gers alongside his boyhood charged in his ‘heart’ (quotes via the Irish Times) and did end Aberdeen’s four-year stint as Celtic’s runners’ up, so clearly is building something at a place he feels a connection to.
Indeed, Director of Football Mark Allen spoke (per the Daily Record) of the pulling power the former England captain brings to Rangers upon the capture of Aribo ahead of other interested parties, which clearly is another plus and another positive aspect of his presence in Glasgow.
So, all in all, King’s faith he will remain despite potential overtures south of the border is a major boost.
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