David Healy gives verdict on Gerrard taking charge at Rangers
Northern Ireland icon and former Rangers striker David Healy is certain that Steven Gerrard will be “well prepared” for the demands of being the manager of the Ibrox giants.
Gerrard got started on Friday and Healy doesn’t think Gerrard’s lack of experience as a coach will be a problem as a career spent at the top of the game as a player.
Gers fan Healy admits that is it a big task for the Liverpool legend to take the reins at Ibrox but believes that his arrival will give the Light Blues a massive lift.
“Steven has only been coaching for a short period of time but I don’t see that as being a problem,” said Healy, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
“In terms of experience and working with top-class managers, he has it. He has had a top-class career as a player and is a top-class individual. Straight away he’ll give the club a huge lift with the name that he is and the type of character that he is.
“It is a big job for him but he has been used to playing under that sort of pressure throughout his career, being the main man at Liverpool and also being captain of England. I’m sure being the type of person he is and the world-class player he was that he will be well prepared in terms of the demands that he will face.”
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Football Insider verdict:
Healy has been on both sides of it – as a fan and player at Ibrox and knows well the pressures placed on the Gers to win. Gerrard’s reputation as a player will do him no favours if he doesn’t deliver but if Gerrard is given the tools needed then there is absolutely no reason why the Light Blues can’t close the gap to bitter rivals Celtic. After making the leap to management himself, Healy has a taste of what it takes to make the transition from a top player to a successful manager. Having captained Liverpool to European success and led England at World Cup finals’ Gerrard has an idea of the pressure to deliver – although the weight of expectation to stop Celtic reaching ten titles in a row is probably even greater than England expecting. One thing is for certain though, if you were to pick a player who you would be confident would do well in management it would be Steven Gerrard.