Gerrard rejects Derby?
Frank Lampard enjoyed an excellent campaign as Derby boss last term, didn’t he?
He came so close to getting the Rams promoted to the Premier League and as such has seen his stock as a manager rise considerably.
He is believed to be the frontrunner for the now vacant Chelsea job as a result, which would leave Derby with work on their hands to replace him.
So, it appears as though the Championship club have now sounded out Steven Gerrard as a replacement.
It isn’t one the Liverpool legend is keen to take up, however.
Matt Hughes writes for The Times:
Steven Gerrard has rejected an approach from Derby County to speak to them about their manager’s job as the club make contingency plans for the anticipated departure of Frank Lampard.
Derby are resigned to losing Lampard, who has made it clear he wants to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge, should they receive a formal offer from Chelsea and have identified his former England team-mate as a potential successor.
Gerrard is committed to Rangers, however, having signed a four-year contract at Ibrox 12 months ago and is busy planning for next season. The 39-year-old has already made four new signings this summer and is targeting three more before leaving for a pre-season trip to Portugal this weekend.
Gerrard succeeded in narrowing the gap to Scottish Premier League champions Celtic to nine points last season, from a 12-point gap after the club finished third the previous year.
With their Old Firm rivals in transition following the departure of Brendan Rodgers, Gerrard is targeting a genuine title challenge next season. While his long-term aspiration is to manage in the Premier League the former Liverpool captain is no rush and believes that if he is successful at Rangers he could make that transition from the SPL, rather than taking a job in the Championship.
Gerrard’s disinterest illustrates the difficulties Derby may have in finding a replacement for Lampard, particularly given the financial uncertainty surrounding the club following their Championship play-off final defeat to Aston Villa and the fact that Mel Morris, the owner, is looking to sell.”