Simon Jordan was extremely critical of Gerrard’s decision to go to Al Ettifaq, stating that it is a decision based on money and that it puts Gerrard’s reputation “in the toilet.”
However, Murphy, who played with Gerrard during his time at Liverpool, has come to the Liverpool legend’s defense.
“I spoke to him briefly when he was deciding for the first time a few weeks ago,” Murphy disclosed on Drive. “It was a tough decision for him.” A couple of weeks ago, he turned down the employment offer…
“It’s ridiculous in some ways to talk about it, but he was looking for a football project that he knew he could profit from in some manner, and where he could actually learn something, and where he could actually enhance his coaching, and where he could genuinely get back to work, if you will.
“When he turned it down, my initial thought was that he had gone, ‘There’s an opportunity over here,’ which he feels is going to be better for his long-term management career. This would make sense, so let’s forget about the financial aspect.
“Because obviously, if you were to do a great job in the Championship for example and get a promotion, that is going to go on your CV. That’s just the way it is.” On the other hand, if you perform poorly in Saudi Arabia, it doesn’t really mean anything, and if you perform exceptionally well, it doesn’t really signify much either.
Therefore, it’s possible the potential didn’t come to fruition, and it’s also possible that they just threw more money at it. My general impression of Steven is that he has a strong desire to achieve success in anything he undertakes, and despite the fact that all of us are enticed by the prospect of greater money, he already has plenty of it.
David Beckham wrote Jude Bellingham a congratulations message after he joined Real Madrid, according to Jude Bellingham.
Following his €103 million (£88.5 million) transfer from Borussia Dortmund last month, the 20-year-old has joined the Bernabeu club as just the sixth British player, joining David Beckham, Gareth Bale, and Michael Owen.
Following his 2003 departure from Manchester United, which only increased his international prominence, Beckham was arguably the most well-known person to relocate to the Spanish city. The former England captain recently contacted Bellingham.
The new Bernabeu star also said that he might draw on Beckham’s and other ex-players’ understanding of life as a Madrid player.
David Beckham sent me a quick note to wish me the best, according to Bellingham.
I am fairly excellent at separating the good from the bad, and so far, the feedback from ex-players has been overwhelmingly favorable. It is one of those movements where everyone has their input from the outside, so you do hear a lot of things and recommendations.
I’ll try to consider that, and perhaps at some point I’ll reach out to them to learn how they’ve adjusted to life in Spain.