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Steven Gerrard targeted for a job with EFL club

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has reportedly been targeted for a job with an EFL club whose owners are very keen in appointing him.

The former Liverpool and England player has spent two seasons at Ibrox in what is his first major coaching position.

Despite failing to prevent Celtic winning the Scottish Premiership in the last two campaigns, he has caught the eye of plenty from clubs in the second tier of English football.

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According to a report, the latest team to have ‘earmarked’ him is Championship side Bristol City, who most recently said goodbye to Lee Johnson.

Gerrard is listed as one of the favourites for the job, with the odds currently for him to take over at 11/2, but the Express now claim that he is Steve Lansdown’s top target to take over.

It was on the 4th of July that Bristol City cut their ties with Johnson after a 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City and since then, the club have spent the last week gathering applications and fielding calls from interested parties.

It’s not clear whether Gerrard is interested in the vacancy at Ashton Gate, but he did turn down an approach from Birmingham city in late June.

The Robins are yet to start the interview process and will not be rushing into making a decision, with interim boss Dean Holden currently winning both of his games in charge as City cling to a faint hope of finishing in the playoffs.

Website Football Insider stated that Birmingham asked Gerrard if he was interested about taking over this summer.

They cited a ‘Birmingham source’ as telling them they are interested in him succeeding the recently departed Pep Clotet.

Gerrard declined the opportunity, instead choosing to remain at the Scottish giants and endure a third campaign at Rangers.

After retiring in 2016 he then went into coaching with the Liverpool academy before getting the chance to prove himself in May 2018.

He is yet to win a trophy for Rangers, however his achievement will be narrowing the gap on Old Firm rivals Celtic, as they hope they can stopped Neil Lennon’s side from winning an historic tenth title in a row.

He signed a new contract last December to remain with them until at least the summer of 2024.

There were rumours in May 2020, that Gerrard was considering his future at the club.

However the ex-England international came out and revealed has no intention of leaving Rangers in the “near future” unless the Ibrox club sacks him.

Gerrard, who has ambitions to become Liverpool boss one day, told The Times: “If people think I am going to leave Rangers in the near future because it is my decision, and I don’t want to be there, then that opinion is wrong.

“In terms of me being proud and happy to be the manager, and wanting to move the club forward and improve it, then I am all in. It was always going to be a job where I had to learn on the go.

“Now, I never for one moment thought I was going to get everything right and everything was going to be positive.

“I knew the team and squad situation when I took over. I knew the pressure and the demands of the fans.

“I knew walking into the job what I was taking on but if you are asking me the question, ‘Am I a better manager for the two-year experience and are Rangers in a better position now to what they were?’ then my answer is yes.

“We are trying to move and upset something that has been successful for a long time. I think you have to realise, and appreciate, where Rangers were.

“It takes time to get it back to when they were successful and had incredible managers like Graeme Souness and Walter Smith.

“It was always going to take time to get back. I see a lot of progress. I see us getting better but I appreciate that at Rangers eventually you have to win. You can’t be nearly.

“I am the type of person, as you know, who will wear my heart on my sleeve and that is probably an area where I need to be better at and be a bit more balanced after games.”

TOP SIX FAVOURITES FOR THE JOB:

Chris Hughton – 6/5
Ryan Lowe – 5/2
Steven Gerrard – 11/2
Dean Holden – 8/1
Michael Flynn – 9/1
Aitor Karanka – 14/1

Dean Smith insisted that John Terry is not leaving Aston Villa after being linked with the job last week.

Smith simply told Sky Sports News: “I have spoken to John and he is fully committed to our cause here at Aston Villa.

“They’ve got Dean Holden, a former coach of mine, in charge at the moment. He is working hard for his club and JT is certainly working very hard for me.

“We’ve got a very good relationship and we enjoy working together.”

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