Managing Everton never a possibility – Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard says it was “never a possibility” that he would leave his job as Rangers manager to take charge of Everton.

But he admits that he was not surprised by Rafa Benitez’s decision to move to Goodison Park following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure for Real Madrid.

Gerrard will go head-to-head with Ancelotti at Ibrox today as Real travel to Glasgow to face Rangers in a preseason friendly to mark the Scottish champions’ 150th anniversary.

Ancelotti’s surprise exit from Everton at the end of last season after just 18 months in charge initially prompted speculation linking Gerrard with a return to his home city as the Italian’s successor after guiding Rangers to their first league title in 10 years.

But, while the 41-year-old said that managing Everton was, and will always be, a non-starter, he told ESPN in an exclusive interview that he understands Benitez’s decision to manage the club, despite his six-year spell in charge of Liverpool between 2004-2010.

“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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By FARPost Reporter