'More harm than good' - Sky Sports pundit urges manager to avoid Rangers job
Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes that the time isn’t right for Steven Gerrard to become the next manager of Rangers.
The Gers have targeted Gerrard as their number one choice to become the new man at Ibrox, and BBC Sport claims that after talks the job is there for Gerrard if he wants to take it.
However, Sky Sports pundit Thompson believes that Gerrard lacks the experience for such a huge job and that if he fails at Ibrox it could end his chance of ever becoming Liverpool manager, as did to John Barnes after his awful spell at Celtic.
“If I was to advise him I would say it is too early in his coaching role with very little experience. Rangers is an absolutely huge job and I don’t think it’s for him right now,” Thompson said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“If he did does harbour ambitions to manage Liverpool then he doesn’t want to damage his opportunity, just like it did for John Barnes. I’ve seen it with so many people taking on those big jobs and it can do more harm than good.”
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Thompson is right to be cautious, as it is a massive job for Gerrard to be taking on, if he is the man who does become the next manager at Ibrox, and of course the comparisons to Barnes’ awful spell in Glasgow will be made, particularly if he has a poor start to life in Glasgow. But if Gerrard succeeds, he will have the chance to play in the Champions League, and if he does well at Ibrox it could lead to him eventually becoming manager of Liverpool some time in the future. Of course all this is just guesswork, as Gerrard isn’t the manager of the Gers yet, but if he does take the job Thompson’s remarks will be interesting to re-examine in six month’s time.
In other Rangers news, Owen Hargreaves believes Gerrard could succeed at Ibrox