From LA to MK: How could Steven Gerrard make Milton Keynes his next home?


Former England captain Steven Gerrard could swap Los Angeles for League One after he held preliminary talks with MK Dons over their vacant manager's position.

We've taken a look at what the one-time Liverpool midfielder might expect from life in Milton Keynes after the stardust of Hollywood.

Where to play

MK Dons' Stadium MK - (Steven Paston/EMPICS Sport)
(Steven Paston/EMPICS Sport)

The Dons may be languishing in 21st place in the table following the departure of Karl Robinson, but Stadium MK would rival many Premier League grounds.

With a capacity of 30,500, it is bigger than the 27,000-capacity StubHub Center home of the LA Galaxy - Gerrard's last club. Stadium MK was officially opened by the Queen in November 2007 and has hosted England Women internationals as well as three matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Should things go well for the ambitious Buckinghamshire club, the design holds an option to increase the capacity to 45,000 with a third tier. Should they perhaps not pan out as planned, there is always the multi-purpose Arena MK next door - where Gerrard could see Grammy Award-winning R&B star Ne-Yo perform on December 11.

Where to stay

A Beverly Hills sign in Los Angeles, USA - (Celia Paul/PA)
(Celia Paul/PA)

During their time in LA, Gerrard and his family rented a luxury home in Beverly Hills, not far from where Elvis Presley once lived.

That house reportedly has six bedrooms, a private pool and its own cinema. With a family home already on Ainsdale, Merseyside, there are also options should the former Liverpool captain be on the lookout for temporary accommodation nearer to work.

The Doubletree by Hilton is conveniently situated on Stadium Way West, with an on-site gym and on the doorstep of a 24-hour Asda. Nice.

Where to eat

Spago in Beverly Hills - (Brandon Clark/AP)
(Brandon Clark/AP)

The Gerrards were snapped out and about at swanky LA venues such as Boa, while celebrity hangouts Casa Vega, Sugarfish and Spago were close at hand.

Should he head to Milton Keynes, they could always try the Swan Inn, ranked number one of the town's 425 eateries listed on TripAdvisor. Its latest customer review on the website states: "Really good honest food.... for a couple not a particularly romantic atmosphere... food is great although would want more ale choice."

Famous neighbours

Olympic long jumper Greg Rutherford - (Ian West/PA)
(Ian West/PA)

Gerrard's LA home was in the Trousdale Estates, where fellow Liverpudlian Ringo Starr also has a pad. From Simon Cowell to movie stars such as Burt Reynolds and Jane Fonda, even Elvis and Frank Sinatra have been residents of the exclusive Beverly Hills location.

So who could the Gerrards bump into out and about in Milton Keynes? Olympic champion Greg Rutherford was born and still lives there, as do badminton players Chris and Gabby Adcock. England star Dele Alli was raised in Milton Keynes, and Desperate Housewives actress Emily Bergl was also born there before moving at a young age to America.

A day out for all the family

Bletchley Park main house - (Rui Vieira/PA)
(Rui Vieira/PA)

While Milton Keynes may not be a match for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Beach or Sunset Boulevard, there is still plenty to do for all the family.

How about a trip to the Xscape complex, with its restaurants, cinema, indoor skiing, snowboarding, indoor sky-diving, and rock-climbing? Theme park Gulliver's Land also promises to "thrill and delight", and should none of these appeal, how about nearby Bletchley Park, which was the hub for Britain's codebreakers during World War II and is now a tourist attraction?

If Gerrard wanted a little down time while the children enjoy themselves, just take them to Bounce, a "14,000 sq. ft. playground with a sea of wall to wall interconnected trampolines". Now that is something you just don't get in LA - unless, of course, you head to the Sky Zone which is just off the 405 north past the Lake Balboa Anthony C. Beilenson Park....