Ally McCoist is adamant Steven Gerrard would not be tempted to leave Rangers if Tottenham Hotspur came calling for him as Jose Mourinho’s successor.
Mourinho left Spurs on Monday after winning just two of his last seven games and he exited with the club seventh in the Premier League and out of Europe.
There have been a few names linked with the job and Celtic-mad pundit Alan Brazil mooted Gers boss Gerrard as a potential replacement.
Brazil and McCoist got into a heated debate on talkSPORT [06:00, 22/04/21] about whether Gerrard would leave Glasgow for North London.
Here’s what they had to say in their lively exchange.
Brazil: “If he gets a chance to go to Tottenham does he go or not?”
McCoist: “No, I’m not sitting on the fence. It’s a different question if he gets asked to go to Liverpool.”
Brazil: “Well me and Crooky think he goes to Spurs.”
McCoist: “Ah don’t talk a load of nonsense!”
The conversation continued later on in the show, with McCoist adding that he would be “devastated” if Gerrard ended up at Spurs.
Brazil replied: “I’d show him around, show him where he lives.”
Brazil then tried to put McCoist back up for the Gers job: “A quick email here, he says ‘If Steven Gerrard goes to Spurs it will be brilliant and tell your mate he should go back to Rangers and take over there.’
“Now if Steven leaves Rangers woah, what a job that would be Ally, that would be a tough one for you.”
McCoist: “You’re doing some stirring this morning.”
Out of bounds
We’re not going to hear the end of it – any Premier League job that has a vacancy is going to have Gerrard’s name linked to it within the hour.
That’s the price we have to pay for our success as Gerrard is now hot property and pundits and journalists will throw his name to anything and see whether it will stick.
Would he actually be tempted if Spurs came calling? We’re very doubtful.
It’s the worst-kept secret, or feeling, in the world, that Gerrard will eventually move back to his beloved Liverpool to replace Jurgen Klopp.
That’s probably a few years away yet and that works with us, he’ll have been here for a substantial number of years and made his mark on the club.
Gone are the days of managers building dynasties at clubs that span decades, it’s just not realistic in the current climate.
But moving to Spurs after three years? We’re not having it, and we don’t think Gerrard will be either.
He’s got the chance to take us into the Champions League group stages next season while Spurs are hot favourites to miss out on even qualifying for the competition, so surely he wouldn’t throw that away.
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