Rangers next manager odds: Lampard and Terry in the mix to replace Gerrard if he leaves for Aston Villa
FRANK LAMPARD and John Terry are among the favourites to replace Steven Gerrard if he leaves Rangers.
Gerrard is favourite for the Aston Villa job following the sacking of Dean Smith.
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And Betfair have priced up Lampard as 4/1 second favourite and Terry as 6/1 third favourite – with assistant boss Gary McAllister the 2/1 favourite for the job.
Gerrard is believed to be Villa’s number one target following Smith’s sacking and knows Christian Purslow from his time at Liverpool.
Gerrard helped Rangers win the title last season – finishing the season unbeaten – to stop Celtic winning 10 in a row.
And they’re four points clear this season after a shaky start.
It’s not nailed on Gerrard would walkaway mid-season given retaining the title is achievable and with the guarantee of Champions League football for next term.
But if he does Betfair have priced up Lampard and Terry as front-runners – just behind McAllister.
Rangers next manager odds:
- Gary McAllister 2/1
- Frank Lampard 4/1
- John Terry 6/1
- Michael O’Neil 10/1
- Dean Smith 14/1
- Alex Neil 16/1
- Steve Bruce 18/1
Other candidates include Smith who has just left Villa, Steve Bruce who was recently sacked by Newcastle and Alex Neil who left Preston in March.
However Rangers legend Ally McCoist thinks Gerrard could stay at Rangers and move straight to Liverpool when the time is right.
He told talkSPORT: “I think he can go straight to Liverpool. He absolutely can.
“I just think there’s a greater risk (going to Aston Villa first), but it is a possibility Woodsy.
“What is the gauge of success now at Villa? Is it top eight? Top six?
“Unfortunately Dean Smith wasn’t given time and I think he should have been.
“I’m very well aware how cut-throat the business is now.
“Simon is right in everything he says apart from one thing, for some reason he doesn’t believe you can go straight from Rangers to Liverpool.
“That baffles me, considering it has been done before.
“He’s right in what he says about the league and the quality of it and there’s only effectively two teams that can win it.
“But with that comes more pressure. So it’s a big, big decision if the reports are right that Villa are to make an approach to speak to Steven at Rangers.
“Rangers are well within their rights to say ‘no we aren’t letting you talk to him’ which would be interesting.”
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