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Shock managerial appointment of 2016 has been rumoured

SoccerBy Sunday World
Gerrard has just left LA Galaxy
Gerrard has just left LA Galaxy

Steven Gerrard has emerged as a shock contender to take over at League One side MK Dons.

The Liverpool legend has recently confirmed that he has ended his less than successful spell with Major League Soccer side LS Galaxy and has suggested he has ‘numerous options’ available to him to continue his playing career or move into coaching.

Gerrard has also tried his hand at TV punditry with BT Sport in the last couple of years, but the chance to launch his management career at a club boasting huge ambition could be an attractive option.

MK Dons are on the look-out for a new manager after Karl Robinson’s six-year reign as the club’s manager ended last month, with the outgoing manager having close ties to Liverpool FC that could explain the links with Gerrard.

Frank Lampard has also been linked with a move to a club that has a history of appointing high profile managers, with Paul Ince among those who held the reigns of power at a club currently struggling to stay afloat at the wrong end of League One.

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkleman has admitted he would be tempted to appoint another big-name manager, as he set out this criteria for selecting his next manager.

“It needs to be somebody who is going to excite us, excite our support,” stated Winkelman.

“Like our city, we have big ambition. Our stadium was built for top-flight football and that’s where we want to get in the future.

“We believe in what we’re doing and we believe in the future of the football club and the city, but I want to start achieving something on the pitch - it’s about the trophies that you win, the memories you create and I want to start doing that more.

“This might be a time for a manager with real experience, but we could also look to do something similar to what we did when Paul Ince came here and that is appointing a young manager who is eager to prove himself.”