Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has claimed the big difference between Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister, and Pedro Caixinha, is there is “no doubting” the current team as “football men”.
Gerrard took the reins as Caixinha’s permanent successor on June 1st – 7 months after Caixinha was sacked – and Ferguson thinks the former Liverpool captain will have everyone at the club “on their toes.”
Ferguson also thinks 38-year-old and assistant Gary McAllister will want to be in charge of every aspect of the Ibrox giants – and claims that’s how it “should be.”
“Gerrard looks to me like the kind of guy who will not focus only on first-team affairs. He’ll want to be the kind of manager who is in control of the entire club – and that’s exactly the way it should be,” Ferguson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“That means from the moment his car pulls up in the car park this morning, everyone inside that building is going to have to be on their toes – players, staff, everyone.
“There are a lot of people holding positions in there who like the idea of representing Rangers but who don’t have the first clue what it really means. I can’t imagine they’ll last long under Gerrard and McAllister.
“There was a feeling some of the previous managers were just happy to be there. I remember meeting with Pedro Caixinha not long after he got the job. I left thinking to myself the guy could hardly believe he’d managed to pull it off.
“But there’s no doubting the credentials of Gerrard and McAllister. These are proper football men who know exactly what is required at the highest level.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard and McAllister’s background means both should be well aware of what is expected at Ibrox – and how to get it. The new Gers management team are sure to be able to get a good idea of who is capable of helping the club achieve its aims when they get to work with them on the training ground later this month. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Gerrard decides there are a few players already in the squad who he doesn’t think are up to it and looks to move them on. Ferguson’s comments on Caixinha are a bit unfair after the former Gers boss managed one of the biggest clubs in Mexico and worked at some massive clubs in Portugal and the former captain has long seemed to have an issue with him after being passed over for a job at Ibrox. While it never worked out, Caixinha’s gone and it seems a bit of an unnecessary shot at him.