Rangers confirmed Steven Gerrard as the club’s new manager on Friday and the way the Liverpool legend handled himself in front of the media was a major change to recent appointments at Ibrox.
Gerrard spoke at a press conference in the Blue Room at Ibrox on Friday afternoon but there were none of the cliches or soundbites that have become common whenever a Rangers boss is presented.
Gone were the ‘going for 55’ or ‘we are the people’ lines that have been trotted out before and in its place was a steely determination to do well but without the need to try and pander to the support.
Obviously, Gerrard comes to Ibrox with a massive reputation and doesn’t need to try and win over supporters in the same way that someone like Pedro Caixinha did but the 114-times capped England ace’s coolness infront of the media was a welcome change.
It could well prove to have absolutely no correlation with his performance as a manager but the fact Gerrard wasn’t simply ‘playing the game’ and telling fans what they wanted to hear – while also being pretty forthright in his comments – at least gives off a stronger impression that he knows exactly the size of the task he has signed up for at Ibrox.
Gerrard said that his main priority at Ibrox is going to be winning games and if he can carry that through then the rest will take care of itself.
In other Rangers news, Gerrard needs to get off to a good start to his managerial career