Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted he would have taken the opportunity to manage Rangers if he had been in Steven Gerrard’s shoes – despite people saying it is a big risk for the Anfield legend.
Gerrard’s decision to take the leap into management with the Gers had led to some critics to say it is too big a gamble for the former England and Liverpool captain.
Eriksson thinks that is rubbish and insists Gerrard had no option but to take the reins – saying “it’s too big to turn down.”
“His knowledge about football you cannot question. He has so much experience at the very top of the game.
“Rangers is a very big job. A lot of people are saying it’s a gamble or a risk. But, if I were in his shoes, and I had got that opportunity at his age, I would take it, too.
“You have to, it’s too big to turn down.”
Football Insider verdict:
Sven splits opinion more than almost any figure in recent history in English football but there’s little to argue with here. It is a risk for Gerrard and Rangers but it is also an opportunity that Gerrard would have kicked himself had he passed on it. Derek McInnes is probably sitting at home rueing the day he decided he’d rather stick with Aberdeen than take the reins at Ibrox. Although there is a big risk involved in this appointment, the Gers had to do something a bit different after going with a variety of different methods to try to catch bitter rivals Celtic. Hiring Gerrard – and the quality coaching team he has brought with him to Ibrox – should be that step needed to close the gap and finally end the Gers long wait for a major trophy. If anyone doubts how big a job it is that Steven Gerrard has landed in, just look at the attention his appointment has garnered compared to that of Frank Lampard. Both players were practically in one another’s pocket as players but as managers, it is Gerrard who has made massive waves already.
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