Former Rangers manager Graeme Souness has revealed the three things Steven Gerrard needs to go in his favour if he is to have a “chance” at being a success at Ibrox – and admits the Gers boss will make mistakes in the dugout.
Souness believes having support from the board, getting his knowledge across to the players and some luck will be vital for Gerrard to stop Celtic from makin it eight Scottish Premiership titles in a row.
The former Gers boss believes having the experienced Gary McAllister as his assistant will really help Gerrard learn as he gets to grip with the mammoth task at Ibrox.
“When you’re a big player, and he’s been a big player, there’s nothing really that prepares you for management,” said Souness, as quoted by the BBC.
“He’ll make mistakes, but he’s got good people around him, Gary McAllister is a good man. Clever people learn from their mistakes and they don’t repeat them.
“The three most important things – support from his board, him being himself and managing to get his knowledge of the game across to his players, and lady luck. Those three things on his side and he’s got a chance.
“I’ve got a sneaky feeling he’ll do well. He’ll excite the supporters, he’ll play a brand of football that they’ll enjoy, and he might surprise a few people.”
Football Insider verdict:
That’s a pretty fair summation by Souness although it’s also worth adding that Gerrard needs the players to buy in to what he is trying to do at Ibrox or he’ll get nowhere. For all of Gerrard’s experience as a player, when he finally takes charge of his first game as Rangers manager he will suddenly feel like he is in an entirely new environment and it will be interesting to see just how Gerrard copes with the stresses and strains of being Gers boss. Having McAllister come in with him gives him an experienced head to bounce ideas off and to guide him through some of the aspects of management that Gerrard won’t have experienced during his playing career. The former Scotland skipper has been around the course as the main man before so knows what to expect and the pitfalls to avoid for Gerrard as he gets to grips with management.