Wednesday 7 December 2016

Gerrard in contention to take over at League One MK Dons

Chris Bascombe

Published 18/11/2016 | 02:30

Talks have already been held with MK Dons regarding the possibility of Gerrard succeeding Karl Robinson, who left the club last month. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Talks have already been held with MK Dons regarding the possibility of Gerrard succeeding Karl Robinson, who left the club last month. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Steven Gerrard will hold further talks with MK Dons as the League One side consider giving the former Liverpool and England captain his first management job.

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The 36-year-old is weighing up several options following his departure from LA Galaxy - his contract runs out in January - and talks have already been held with MK Dons regarding the possibility of Gerrard succeeding Karl Robinson, who left the club last month.

It is a bold move by chairman Peter Winkelman, who has a history of giving high-profile former players their first step on the coaching ladder.

Both Paul Ince and Roberto Di Matteo were given their chance at the club, and Gerrard may see it as the ideal first step as he seeks his next challenge.

It is understood that Frank Lampard and Ryan Giggs were also approached by MK Dons, where Richie Barker is in caretaker charge, but Gerrard is a more serious contender.

The fact that Gerrard is considering the role is a demonstration of how eager he is to take up a coaching position with senior responsibilities. It is presumed he will return to Liverpool eventually and there are ongoing talks with the club about what form that might take. However, there are no vacancies at Anfield for a senior coaching role, so finding a position to match Gerrard's ambitions is complicated.

Ultimately, he will want to become a manager in his own right and it could be that the best way to achieve that is to prove himself at a lower level first. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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