Gerrard emerges as leading candidate for Championship hotseat

Steven Gerrard has emerged as a shock contender to be named Ipswich’s new manager, according to a report.

The Sun on Sunday claims the Liverpool legend, 37, tops a list of potential candidates to replace Mick McCarthy at Portman Road after the long-serving manager quit the Suffolk outfit earlier this week.

Ipswich owner Marcus Evans had vowed to take his time in finding the right candidate to take charge of the Tractor Boys, but the paper claims that Gerrard is high on their list of contenders.

The paper claims an approach to Gerrard has already been made.

Gerrard retired from playing back in November 2016 and has spent the past 15 months coaching Liverpool’s academy stars as he prepares for a future career in management.

Although it is widely believed Gerrard will one day succeed Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, the report claims Gerrard could be tempted to cut his management teeth at the Championship side in the meantime.

Discussing their hunt for a new manager, caretaker boss Bryan Klug said: “Marcus [Evans] is going through a process and I have said I will cover for as long as he needs.

“Hopefully we can all help him to get the right management team in here that is the right fit for the club.”

A formal approach for Gerrard would give the Reds legend plenty to think about – not least uprooting his family from their Merseyside base.

Gerrard was linked with the job at MK Dons last year but opted to start his coaching career at the club in their Academy set-up.


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