Rangers legend Graeme Souness has admitted the job Steven Gerrard has taken is a “very different job” to the one Souness took in 1986 – as he revealed he will speak with the Liverpool icon before the season gets underway.
Souness believes that the lack of finances at Ibrox make it a massively different role to the one he took in 1986 when he started his own management career with the Gers in 1986.
Souness also insisted that his biggest bit of advice for Gerrard would the to “be your own man” in the dugout as Gerrard gets to work ahead of his first game in charge on July 12th in the Europa League.
“It’s a very different job because I had funds to work with. I had tremendous support from David Holmes, originally, and then David Murray,” Souness said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The money isn’t there. Scottish football can’t attract the same type of players as you could when I was there because of circumstances.
“We’ve not spoken yet but a friend of his has been in touch with me and I will be speaking to him before the season starts.
“My biggest piece of advice? Be your own man. That’s it. Be your own man and hopefully you’re a lucky man.”
Football Insider verdict:
It isn’t a surprise that Gerrard has reached out to Souness and it makes sense that the Gers boss talks with people who know exactly what he is walking in to. Souness has been there and done it and Ibrox and after taking his first steps in management at Ibrox back in 1986, has a pretty good idea of what will be going through Gerrard’s head as he waits to get to work on the training ground. With the players not reporting back until June 15th, Gerrard still has a little bit of time to catch up with guys like Souness or Walter Smith and pick the brains of some of the club’s most successful managers in recent history. Although the Gers are in a massively different place today than they were when Souness took the reins, the expectations and demands of the Light Blues aren’t that much different all these years on.