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‘Managing Everton never a possibility’: Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard finally opens up on Everton rumours

Steven Gerrard has denied any possibilities of him managing the Toffees. Steven Gerrard admitted that shaking hands with his city rivals-Everton is “never a possibility” for him. The former Red was linked with a move to Merseyside after Carlo Ancelotti left the job for Real Madrid. The 41-year-old is currently managing Rangers. In 2020–21, Rangers won the Scottish Premiership, their first top-flight title in ten years, a world record fifty-fifth Scottish league win. He admits that he was not surprised by Rafael Benitez’s decision to move to Goodison Park following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure for Real.

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What Steven Gerrard has said

Steven Gerrard has had an amazing managerial career so far

In an interview with ESPN, Steven Gerrard said: “Rafa wasn’t born in the city, he’s not a red through-and-through and he never played against Everton for 20 years and competed against them, so I think it’s a very different situation [to mine].

“Rafa wasn’t born in the city, he’s not a red through-and-through and he never played against Everton for 20 years and competed against them, so I think it’s a very different situation [to mine],” Gerrard said.

“Rafa is his own man and will make his own professional decisions, so there’s no surprise that he wanted to get back in the Premier League at a big club and have the opportunity to compete against all the top teams in the league, so I wasn’t very shocked and surprised at all in all honesty.

“I was very shocked and surprised that my name was linked to the job. I don’t know where it came from, whether it was paper talk or if there was any truth in it, I’m not sure.

“Managing Everton is never a possibility as far as I’m concerned.”

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Ancelotti’s exit from Everton has given Steven Gerrard the opportunity to manage a team against the former AC Milan, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint German coach for the first time this weekend. Steven Gerrard will go head-to-head with Ancelotti at Ibrox on Sunday as Real travel to Glasgow to face Rangers in a preseason friendly to mark the Scottish champions’ 150th anniversary. Gerrard said he is determined to make the most of his chance to tap into Ancelotti’s knowledge and experience during Sunday’s game.

Gerrard also said that he was unaware of Ancelotti’s attempt to sign him for AC Milan as a player until after his playing career came to an end.

He added: “Liverpool never brought that to me, so they must have kept that a secret.

“I did actually see the interview that Ancelotti did on that and it was very flattering and very humbling for sure.

“I was very happy at Liverpool. There was no way any team in the world would have got me away from there at that time, going into the peak years of my career from a personal point of view and I was really happy and content to try to be successful at Liverpool but when a name like Carlo Ancelotti or AC Milan talk about wanting you as a player, it is certainly very flattering.”

Rafael Benitez used to manage Steven Gerrard in his playing days at Liverpool. He recently became the new Everton head coach. He replaced Carlo Ancelotti for the second time in his career, having also done so at Real Madrid. The Spaniard said at his introductory press conference said: “I didn’t think twice about even entering talks with Everton”. Now, he is ready to represent the blue colours instead.

Steven Gerrard praised the Italian tactician and said: “I must admit, it was a surprise when Carlo left Everton, but I’m not complaining.”

“He was the manager at my big rivals and was doing a superb job — he’s one of the best managers in the world he has been for some time.

“I’ve experienced playing against him and it will be an absolute pleasure to share a touchline with him and to try and learn and tap into his knowledge if I get the opportunity because he is someone I have looked up to for a long time.

“I have watched a lot of footage of him as a player as well and what he has given to this sport is incredible. He’s a winner as a player and a manager, so it will be a pleasure to have him at Ibrox.”

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