Former Rangers defender Michael Ball thinks Steven Gerrard’s lack of experience as a manager won’t make any difference at Ibrox – and pointed to Luis Enrique and legendary manager Pep Guardiola of two examples of it working out brilliantly.
Gerrard will take his first managerial job on June 1 when he gets underway as Rangers manager – with many critics tinking the 114-times capped former England star’s lack of experience in the dugout could hinder him.
Ball insists rookie managers happen at “all levels” in football although admitted the incoming Gers boss faces slightly different circumstances than the two former Barcelona managers.
“I do understand people saying that but it happens in football at all levels,” Ball said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Pep Guardiola didn’t have experience at Barcelona, neither did Luis Enrique.
“I know they had a lot of money and world-class players, totally the opposite of what Steven’s got to face, but it’s a massive club and a great start for him to see how a big club works.”
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard’s lack of experience in the dugout could have an effect but we’re talking about a guy who has seen and done most things in football so travelling to face Hamilton at New Douglas Park shouldn’t really faze him. The Liverpool icon pretty much ticks every box for the sort of player that would be expected to make a good manager and now he has the chance to live up to the hype. For all the issues people have with Gerrard’s lack of experience, are we really to accept that makes him a bigger gamble than someone like Jack Ross – Scotland’s manager of the year – all because Ross spent a few years sitting in dugouts in the lower leagues in Scotland? Does taking a team to face Cowdenbeath on a Wednesday night give someone more insight into what it takes to manage Rangers than winning a Champions League as a player?