Ex-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has reportedly been left disappointed as the Poland national team appoint Portuguese manager Fernando Santos.

The Liverpool legend had emerged as a shock frontrunner for the job with the World Cup last 16 participants as the Scouser looks to get back into work after being sacked by Aston Villa last October.

But despite the likes of Fabrizio Romano appearing to confirm the interest, Steven Gerrard will not be the new Poland manager with the country plumping for experience instead.

Former Portugal manager Fernando Santos was in charge during the Iberian nation’s first ever international conquest – Euro 2016 – and brings a wealth of international pedigree to the role.

The manager joins the Poland set-up after being sacked by Portugal following their Qatar 2022 campaign, where the country crashed out of the quarter finals to surprise package Morocco.

“Poland is a great country, with a huge history, a huge culture, similar to the level of its national team,” said Fernando Santos at his unveiling [Daily Mail].

“It is a team with many quality players, it is one of the teams that went to the World Cup. 

“For me it is a gratifying thing to be able to continue this career as a selector in a country with so much influence, with so much quality. 

“As of today I’m Polish, I’m one of you. We will do everything to bring joy to the Polish people.”

Steven Gerrard misses out on Poland job

The news continues the disappointment of Steven Gerrard since leaving Rangers, where the ex-Ibrox manager helped restore the club to former glories.

Winning 55, stopping 10IAR and building the foundations of that Europa League Final run, no-one can deny the immense job done by the England legend at Ibrox.

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But as Poland appoint a new manager in Fernando Santos, perhaps Steven Gerrard is regretting leaving Rangers in the first place with the manager still looking for his next opportunity.

It’s a common regret and plenty don’t know what they’ve got until it’s gone when it comes to the Ibrox side.

Meanwhile, read about why Todd Cantwell has taken a unique shirt number at Rangers.

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