Steven Gerrard will not be taking the MK Dons job after ending talks with the League One club.
The Buckinghamshire-based outfit are on the hunt for a replacement for Karl Robinson, but as they sit in the relegation zone, they’re struggling to tempt some of the high-profile names they would like.
Of Ryan Giggs, Frank Lampard, and Gerrard, the latter was the only one that ever looked likely, as he did speak to chairman Pete Winkleman.
Neither party has officially confirmed why Gerrard didn’t want the role, apart from the obvious. Not only are the Dons in the third tier of English football – just about – they are also a truly unfashionable club, and the former Liverpool skipper will be aware of their unpopularity.
The Dons have never really shaken off the vitriol attached to their controversial move from Wimbledon, and for the first time in their history, they’re now sitting below the reformed club – AFC Wimbledon – in the Football League.
It’s also thought Gerrard would like to try his hand at a Premier League club, as he’s understandably very ambitious having won the Champions League, among other domestic trophies, during his time at Anfield.
Yet, none of this seems to be the reason why he’s snubbed Winkleman. According to the Mirror, it’s because Stevie G would like more time before rushing into a decision after leaving LA Galaxy.
In fact, he’s yet to even say whether he’ll hang up his boots. At present, Liverpool seems the most likely destination for him, as Jurgen Klopp will give him until after Christmas before discussing a possible coaching role with him.
The England side is another option, but again, that will all have to wait until Gareth Southgate is officially appointed as permanent boss so he can have more of a say in choosing his staff.