Crouch rates chances of Spurs signing Gerrard from Rangers
Peter Crouch doubts Steven Gerrard would leave Rangers to take over as Spurs manager because he’s destined for Liverpool.
Some fans and former players have suggested that Tottenham should look at bringing Gerrard to north London as successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked late last month.
There are yet to be solid reports linking Gerrard with a move to Spurs and Crouch doubts the former England international would return to the Premier League for anyone but Liverpool.
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Speaking in a Q&A for the Daily Mail, Crouch said: “What a good question. I actually played in a youth game when I was 18 for Spurs against Liverpool.
“Steven played that day and was ridiculous; he was on another level. He was so good that Alan Sugar immediately tried to sign him for Tottenham afterwards, but it was a complete non-starter.
“Steven’s stock is rising and the way he has overseen the renaissance of Rangers is outstanding.
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“I hear people talking about the strength of the Scottish League and questioning the quality but what I would argue is this: if it was so easy, why aren’t teams going unbeaten every year?
“He is going to be an outstanding manager and if I was running Tottenham, I would absolutely be interested in a man of his calibre.
“But could you see Steven Gerrard managing anyone in the Premier League other than Liverpool? No. Nor can I.
“When Steven returns to England, it will be to take over from Jurgen Klopp. I really don’t see it any other way.”
The likes of Scott Parker, Roberto Martinez, Graham Potter, Marcelo Bielsa and Brendan Rodgers have all been linked with the role.
And former Tottenham midfielder Hoddle recently put Gerrard’s name forward as a possible candidate after Rangers went the whole season unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership.
Speaking on BT Sport earlier this month, Hoddle said: “Steven Gerrard, I will put his name.
“I don’t know if Steven can wait for [Jurgen] Klopp to start hitting the ropes in a few years’ time to go to Liverpool, it doesn’t work like that sometimes.”