Forme Rangers captain Barry Ferguson firmly believes that Gers boss Steven Gerrard would turn down the chance to manage Tottenham, even if he was offered a lucrative contract.
Spurs sacked their manager Jose Mourinho yesterday, and reports in recent weeks have suggested that Gerrard is on a shortlist of coaches that chairman Daniel Levy will look to target.
When asked in an interview whether a contract worth £200,000 a week (approximately £10m a year) would be enough to tempt Gerrard into moving back down south, Ferguson said the Rangers manager is likely to be keener on managing in the Champions League:
“No, I still think he’ll stay. The reason why I think he’ll stay is he’s got a Champions League opportunity, that’s the elite of football for me. I know he needs to get out the qualifiers but just look at his record in Europe, I’ve been really impressed with Rangers’ record in Europe, Steven Gerrard’s record in Europe. It’s been brilliant as a manager, so that’s why I think he’ll be here next season even if clubs come calling.”
Reports last month suggested that Gerrard wouldn’t be top of the list of contenders for the Tottenham job anyway, so supporters can rest easy.
It is thought that RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann, former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, as well as Max Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti and Nuno Espirito Santo would be likelier candidates.