Controversial former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton believes Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will make “excellent” managers after being appointed to Rangers and Derby, respectively, because they were “slow plodding midfielders”.
The iconic former England stars have both taken their first steps in management at the same time as Barton, who was unveiled as Fleetwood Town’s new manager on Monday.
Bizarrely, Barton thinks the fact they were both “slow plodding midfielders” will help them out as managers.
Barton admits both will face huge pressure at their respective clubs but thinks “both will be excellent” as their management careers progress.
“They both must believe in their talent to step out of the comfort of the punditry chair,” Barton said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“They will face pressure but I think they will both be excellent. If you look at it, slow plodding midfielders tend to become good managers. Look at many great managers and they tend to be of a certain type.”
Football Insider verdict:
Barton makes an interesting point about midfielders becoming good managers – leaving out the slow and plodding bit just for a minute – but Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane were both elite-level players in the centre of the pitch and are arguably the best two managers on the planet just no. Gio van Bronckhorst is another who was a fantastic central midfielder and is making a strong start to life in management. Phillip Cocu, Antonio Conte and Didier Deschamps are all winners as players and manager, Rino Gattuso is making a decent fist of things at Milan. The list goes on and on. Whether Gerrard and Lampard add their name to that remains to be seen but funnily while thinking of names of central midfielders who were world-class players and then became top managers recently, the only one who jumps to mind who failed is former Celtic midfielder Roy Keane – but then that’s maybe just a coincidence.