Derby rejected by Rangers’ Steven Gerrard
As revealed by the Times on Tuesday, Derby County have been knocked back in their attempts to lure Steven Gerrard from Rangers.
Gerrard is preparing for his second season in charge at Ibrox.
Last term, Rangers finished second in the Scottish top-flight on 78 points, while Celtic won the title with 87 points.
As a result, Rangers will compete in this season’s Europa League.
Faced with the opportunity of a return to England to manage Derby, though, Steven Gerrard has decided to remain with Rangers. The Times report:
Steven Gerrard has rejected an approach from Derby County to speak to them about their manager’s job.
Gerrard is committed to Rangers, however, having signed a four-year contract at Ibrox 12 months ago and is busy planning for next season.
— Matt Hughes (@MattHughesTimes) June 18, 2019
Update on Frank Lampard & Chelsea
Underpinning Derby’s approach for Gerrard is the fact that Frank Lampard is widely expected to become the new Chelsea manager.
In recent days, Harry Redknapp, who is Lampard’s uncle, has been telling the press that the deal looks imminent.
“It looks as though it’ll happen.” 🤝
Frank Lampard’s uncle Harry Redknapp says he expects his nephew to get the #CFC job! 👀
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 17, 2019
With that said, BBC reporter Simon Stone has confirmed that Chelsea have still not lodged an official bid for Lampard with Derby.
Still no change re Chelsea/Derby over Lampard. No contact.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) June 18, 2019
Derby & Aston Villa’s John Terry
The Times also note that while Aston Villa assistant manager John Terry has also been considered by Derby, that deal is unlikely to happen either:
It is unclear whether he would want to leave Villa Park after their return to the Premier League.
Terry has already rejected chances to speak to West Brom and Middlesbrough about their managerial vacancies this summer.
Also see: Claude Makelele set for Chelsea return.