Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed that he has been planning on becoming a manager since long before he hung his boots up as a player – and admitted getting started is what he has “craved” since retiring following a spell with LA Galaxy.
The 38-year-old admitted that he has been taking advice from his former managers and “bending their ears” as he prepared for the next stage of his career.
The Gers boss claimed he was “lucky” to get the Rangers job as he finishes off his coaching badges and prepares his new side for the new campaign.
“This is what I’ve craved for since I came out of a playing kit,” Gerrard revealed, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I first had thoughts about becoming a manager when I was around 32-33 when I was still playing. I had been speaking to my former managers, bending their ears, asking about their roles. Trying to take things they do and trying to use them as well. Take the things I like and use them in my favour.
“I’m lucky to get the role at Rangers and so much responsibility so soon. I started my coaching badges in my early 30s and I’m nearly qualified.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard is lucky to get such a massive job early in his managerial career but the Gers boss is going to need to rely on much more than luck to be a success at Ibrox. The Liverpool icon is going to face arguably the toughest test of his career when the season gets underway for the Light Blues. Making an early start on his coaching badges shows Gerrard is at least interested in carving out a management career rather than just falling into it. It will be interesting to see what Gerrard uses from previous managers and whether his side is set up in a way that mirrors any of his the managers he worked under at Anfield and for England. One thing that’s certain is that Gerrard isn’t just waiting to see what falls into his lap and is actively going out to improve his chances of being a success as a manager.
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