Crouch recalls time Spurs tried to sign Gerrard amid links to manager hot seat

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Steven Gerrard’s managerial stocks are certainly on the rise after he guided Rangers not only to a title win, but an invincible title win without suffering a single defeat.

Following his retirement from football, Gerrard took the leap into management away from the limelight of the Premier League and hasn’t looked back since.

In fact, the former Liverpool man has done so well that he has even been linked with the vacant Tottenham head coach role.

This comes after Jose Mourinho was sacked in April and former academy graduate, Ryan Mason, was named as interim head coach until the end of the season.

Peter Crouch, who used to play with Gerrard for Liverpool and England, has claimed that his former teammate will only leave Rangers to move to Liverpool.

He also recalled the story of when he played against Gerrard for Spurs U18s and Alan Sugar tried to sign the midfielder immediately after the game. Of course, this move did not happen.

Crouch said (Daily Mail): “I actually played in a youth game when I was 18 for Spurs against Liverpool.

“Steven played that day and was ridiculous; he was on another level. He was so good that [Tottenham chairman] Alan Sugar immediately tried to sign him for Tottenham afterwards, but it was a complete non-starter.

“Steven’s stock is rising and the way he has overseen the renaissance of Rangers is outstanding.

“I hear people talking about the strength of the Scottish League and questioning the quality but what I would argue is this: if it was so easy, why aren’t teams going unbeaten every year?

“He is going to be an outstanding manager and if I was running Tottenham, I would absolutely be interested in a man of his calibre.

“But could you see Steven Gerrard managing anyone in the Premier League other than Liverpool? No. Nor can I.

“When Steven returns to England, it will be to take over from Jurgen Klopp. I really don’t see it any other way.”

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