Steven Gerrard is apparently a man in demand south of the border but one club linked to the Rangers manager have looked elsewhere as Tottenham Hotspur appoint Antonio Conte.
Stevie G has been mentioned a potential target for the job after the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo but the North London club have hired Conte as quickly as they sacked the Portuguese coach.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as our Head Coach on a contract until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2021
Former Chelsea, Juventus and Italy coach Conte is amongst the most revered in world football and the signing of the Italian boss is something of a coup for struggling Spurs.
Gerrard was named as a summer target – prior to the appointment of Santo – and it’s becoming something of an easy story to link the Gers gaffer to clubs down south.
Here, we look at every single team who’s been linked to Gerrard to highlight this trend with rival fans everywhere left heartbroken by the month.
Ok, so let’s start with Spurs.
Gerrard was mentioned on a five-man shortlist for the job in the summer by the Telegraph alongside Julian Nagelsmann, Massimiliano Allegri, Michael Carrick, and Diego Simeone.
In true Spurs style, they opted to move elsewhere and sign Nuno Espirito Santo who would then leave this week following a 3-0 hammering by Man Utd to make way for Conte.
The Liverpool Echo mentioned that Gerrard was in the “running” for the job this week but now Spurs have opted to move for Italian world-beater Conte.
The first example of Gerrard being dramatically undersold both north and south of the border as the Ibrox gaffer was repeatedly linked with Derby County.
After the exit of Frank Lampard for Chelsea in 2019, all the talk was that the Rams could come in and whisk Stevie G off his feet and into the Pride Park hotseat.
This would become a recurring theme for the Ibrox manager who has spent much of his three-and-a-bit-years in Glasgow rubbishing reports linking him with a move down south.
Out of all the clubs, Championship Derby is probably the biggest bullet dodged; the Pride Park club are in administration and have suffered a points deduction in the English second flight.
Steven Gerrard is favourite of the newspapers when it comes to Newcastle United and before the appointment of Steve Bruce in 2019, Gerrard was being linked extensively.
This was after Rafa Benitez left the club – more on him later – and once again the story proved to be little more than column inches as Bruce took over the Magpies.
Fast forward close to two years later and suddenly Gerrard is one of three managers being targeted as part of a Newcastle United takeover [the Times].
There was perhaps a little bit more substance in this one and with Steve Bruce being paid off following the Saudi buyout it had plenty a little nervous.
But Gerrard himself would quash any talk of an exit by sarcastically telling BT Sport reporter Emma Dodds not to ask “stupid questions” when she asked if he might swap Ibrox for St James’ Park.
“Do I look happy?
Do I look settled?
Don’t ask me stupid questions then” 👏🏻
Steven Gerrard pic.twitter.com/OYzQEYnzGq
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) October 21, 2021
The most ridiculous notion of the lot, if fans needed any more evidence that Gerrard gets linked down south to generate interest in a story then this is it.
The Liverpool legend and former club captain is obviously never going to take over at the Toffees but that’s exactly what the normally reliable Athletic claimed could happen this summer.
Whilst Everton did eventually take the plunge on an ex-Liverpool man via Rafa Benitez, the notion that Gerrard would ever take over at Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals is beyond laughable.
Well, it is. If you don’t believe me, how about Steven Gerrard claiming that he’d “never take the Everton job” when asked following Benitez’s appointment.
Another Premier League club extensively linked with Gerrard as they underwent a transition.
GO Radio Football Show host Paul Cooney claimed that Gerrard was on a shortlist to replace Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park in the summer.
Amazon Prime then appeared to use this in a Tweet and claimed the Gers boss had been “linked” with the job at the London club.
Steven Gerrard has been linked with the managerial job at Crystal Palace…
Former Rangers star Barry Ferguson has his say 👀 pic.twitter.com/fIdIseEKYk
— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) March 16, 2021
Whatever the case, these links never once appeared to get off the ground and Palace went on to appoint a former Gerrard midfield foe in Patrick Viera.
The latest club to join the very competitive game of managerial musical chairs with Steven Gerrard appears to be Aston Villa who were linked to the Gers boss this week.
This comes amid a startling downturn in form from the Villains with manager Dean Smith under pressure amid a run of four straight defeats.
There’s not much substance in this – other than a Villa fan suggesting Gerrard and ex-Celtic striker deluding himself over the Rangers manager’s potential eagerness for the job – and Smith remains in charge.
If that’s to change, we suspect we’ll hear plenty more about Aston Villa’s apparent interest with ex-England skipper Gerrard the in-vogue choice for English clubs and newspapers.
The daddy of them all, Liverpool are the side most synonymous with Steven Gerrard and even the most ardent bluenose will admit, where his heart truly lies.
No-one would ever deny Gerrard a return to Anfield – and it almost feels like an unwritten stipulation in his contract – but there’s unfinished business in Glasgow first.
However, during a run of woeful Liverpool form last season momentum built in the press surrounding Gerrard and plenty suggested he could be Anfield-bound sooner than planned.
It appears to have been started in the Mirror.
Gerrard himself laughed off these suggestions and reiterated that Klopp was the man for Liverpool fans [ITN].
Both men famously signed contract extensions on the same day which ties them to Ibrox and Anfield respectively until 2024 and it raised plenty of eyebrows at the time.
Could this be the emotional moment Gerrard proves one of these newspapers right and really does move back south of the border?