UPDATE: Steven Gerrard Rejects Managerial Offer From Saudi Pro League

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Tuesday, June 20 at 0:45 am

Steven Gerrard has confirmed that he rejected an offer to take over as manager of a Saudi Pro League side, believed to be Al-Ettifaq.

The 43-year-old was spotted last Monday 12 at the airport in Dammam. “I was invited over there to look at a potential offer, which I did”, he told Channel 4 on Monday 19.

Interviewed ahead of England’s 7-0 victory over North Macedonia in the qualifier for Euro 2024, the former Liverpool star added: “I have been analysing that over the last couple of days. But, as we stand right now, I won’t be taking that offer up”.

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Monday, June 12 at 5:45 pm

According to online reports, Steven Gerrard is allegedly on the verge of signing as manager of Al Ettifaq FC in Saudi Arabia.

An image of the former Rangers and Aston Villa boss at an airport in the Kingdom was leaked in a tweet by Olt Sports this morning, Monday, June 12. They captioned it: ‘JUST IN: Steven Gerrard has arrived in Dammam Saudi Arabia to coach Al-Ettifaq!’

If the news is correct then the legendary 43-year-old Liverpool and England midfielder will become the latest high-profile name to join the football boom that is currently happening in Saudia Arabia.

Should he get the position then Gerrard will take over from Antonio Cazorla. The Spaniard was appointed in February as the caretaker manager of Al-Ettifaq. Cazorla originally replaced French coach Patrice Carteron.

In the 2020–21 season, Gerrard guided Rangers to their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years before taking over as Aston Villa boss in November 2021.

He was subsequently fired in October 2022 and has been out of work as a manager since. He later had a brief spell as a football pundit for BT Sport.

This new trend of European football stars moving to the Middle East’s Saudi Pro League was pioneered by Cristiano Ronaldo last year. He accepted an offer to play for Al Nassr in Riyadh after he quit Manchester United under a cloud.

The Portuguese giant has since proceeded to set the league alight with his prolific goalscoring talents. 

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Chris King

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