Bristol City are being prudent as they want to discover a new head coach but time is ticking as completion of the season gets here, the start of the brand-new transfer window and strategies for the 2020/21 project requirement approving.

Bristol Live has actually found out that, contrary to a report in the Sunday Express, Steven Gerrard hasn’t categorically turned down the opportunity to succeed Lee Johnson and stays the club’s No1 target, with the board keeping confidence that he can be tempted south.

It was reported by Talksport on Friday that Gerrard has no intent of leaving Ibrox, but according to our sources, the chase is not over yet and CEO Mark Ashton still intends to attract the Liverpool icon to BS3.

City have a tough job on their hands, as Rangers head into a brand-new campaign and are intending to stop Celtic recording a record 10th title in a row, while the Gers are still associated with the Europa League with the 2nd leg of their Round of 16 component against Bayer Leverkusen kicking off on August 6.

Several sources have verified that England’s fourth-most capped gamer is the high-profile and inspiring coaching consultation that the Lansdown household want to make, with the board identified to land their male and are making a big final push for him.

And though there would not be transfer riches to spend if Gerrard headed south, Ashton Gate and the accompanying facilities are all prepared for top-level football in the future and an exciting project to make a mark in English football waits for the ideal guy, to helm and pilot success in the South West.

Sources in Scotland have actually indicated Gerrard is still thinking about City as a choice however, similarly, the total sensation north of the border is, at this minute in time, he’s most likely to remain at Ibrox.

The next days will be an interesting watch, and if not successful then Ashton and the City board will have to proceed. The Scottish Premiership starts on August 1 and any relocation would have to loom as the ultra-professional Gerrard would not wish to interrupt the Gers’ preparations on the eve of their brand-new campaign.

” In regards to the academy, I desire to bring academy players in however primarily they have to commit to the football club,” said Gerrard to the Rangers club website on the weekend, following a 2-0 win over French side Nice, highlighting what he wants to see from his academy players, showing that he sees his long-term future in Scotland.

” If they don’t devote, then they will not be seen anywhere near me. And they’ve got to suffice. They’ve got to train every day like it implies the world to them to play for Rangers.”

However it is that long-lasting thinking that has assisted to sway the thoughts of the City board who aspire to make an appointment that will develop the many young skills at Ashton Gate.

Gerrard is viewed as the perfect male and City will not offer up quickly.

Meanwhile, Chris Hughton stays interested in the Bristol City supervisory post and is the frustrating fans’ option to take control of, however rumours that his income needs are a sticking point are untrue as Gerrard would likely command a higher wage.