Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed his expectations from the staff at Ibrox and the Hummel Training Centre as he the Gers pre-season gets underway.
Gerrard revealed he wants the players to create an environment that “players skip into” but are also prepared to come in to “work and push themselves.”
The Gers boss insists that he needs all the staff at the club on the “same page” as he tries to turn things around at the Ibrox giants.
“The atmosphere has to be positive and that’s not just for the players, that’s for the staff as well,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Gers’ official website.
“Once I get time to have meetings with the staff and the Academy staff, we need to create an environment here that the players skip into with smiles on their faces and that they want to come in and work and push themselves and we give them no excuses to make sure they are in top shape and that they are feeling good, physically and mentally, when they go on the pitch.
“That’s not just down to me. I need to have every single staff, whether you are in the laundry, whether you are in the canteen, whether you are in the gym, whether you are a doctor, whether you are a physio; everyone needs to be on the same page to push these players and leave them with no excuses to perform.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard’s coaching staff should already be well behind what the Gers boss wants to do and hopefully everyone else at the club buys into the new manager. Previous bosses have faced some dissension in recent years and the Light Blues can’t afford to have splits behind the scenes. With Celtic looking to wrap up an eighth consecutive title, the Ibrox giants need to mount a serious threat to the Hoops and challenge for the title. If Gerrard can get everyone on board with his methods then there’s no reason why the Gers can’t push Brendan Rodgers’ side in the coming season. Giving the players an environment that they want to come into is also going to be a massive part of what Gerrard is trying to achieve and hopefully issues – such as Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller’s ban and fine – are a thing of the past under the new management team.
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