Date: 5th July 2019 at 9:19am
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Steven Gerrard has been snubbed for the manager’s job at Derby County.

With Frank Lampard’s departure to Chelsea an open secret for a month an extensive lobbying campaign was put into action for the former Liverpool youth coach.

Despite being one year into his four year Ibrox contract Gerrard claimed that he had been approached by Derby during an interview with Sky Sports. He didn’t use the standard ‘speculation and it’s unfair to discuss another club that still had a manager in place’ line.

Yesterday Chelsea confirmed Lampard’s appointment on a three year deal but rather than turn to his former England team mate to take over at Pride Park Derby have today announced the appointment of Phillip Cocu.

After the apparent success of reaching the group phase of the Europa League and two wins over Celtic it seems that there will be no offers for Gerrard from teams in the top half of The Championship.

Unless he can win the title from Celtic this season Gerrard will have to head to the lower reaches of the English game to create a dug out reputation if he is to achieve his ambition of taking over from Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.