Job offers have been texted, emailed and phoned. They’ve been wrapped in bows and given with chocolates. Gift baskets stacked to the ceiling in Steven Gerrard’s very expensive foyer, a foyer fit for a Liverpool legend. I’m imagining stone: some real, some faux. A column of some kind, probably Tuscan. There’s a painting of solid gold recording artist and model train aficionado, Phil Collins.
We heard this week that one of Gerrard’s job offers came from League One side, MK Dons, as the struggling club look desperately to reenergize their team. They currently sit fourth from bottom in League One with a goal differential of -6, having scored a decent, but not overwhelming, twenty-three goals in nineteen games.
A defensive-discipline seminar is on tap for those MK Dons players, but they asked Gerrard anyway. It was a strange mash-up to begin with and some have fretted over the captain taking on something that could be destined for embarrassment, but fret no more, ye worriers. From the man himself:
“I’m just taking a bit of time to consider what’s next,” said Gerrard, “exciting times moving forward.
“I spoke to MK Dons. I had a chat with the chairman. It’s a very exciting job for somebody else but it’s a bit soon for me.
“But it’s true, I did speak to them.”
And exhale. Gerrard won’t be off to Milton Keynes and, from the sound of it, he won’t be off to a vacant managerial post anytime “too soon.” That leaves Stevie with the decision to continue playing or the decision to start coaching. Or the decision to become a referee. Has any player ever done that?