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Is Rangers the right place for Gerrard’s managerial debut?

David Nugent in Editorial, Scottish Premier League 27 Apr 2018

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Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool hero and legend, who will always be associated with the Merseyside club. As captain of the club, he lifted the European Cup and numerous other trophies, but the Premier League title eluded him.

The former England midfielder has now moved on from playing into punditry and coaching. According to Sky Sports, Gerrard could be set for his first senior managerial role, as he is in initials talks to become the next boss of SPL outfit Rangers.

Seems like the ideal coach

Steven Gerrard was always a leader on the pitch for England and especially Liverpool. He captained both club and country while leading Liverpool with a proud passion and commitment.

His punditry work has shown that the 37-year-old is pretty honest and very knowledgeable about the game he loves. He took the almost inevitable step into coaching in January 2017 firstly with Liverpool’s academy, before becoming the Reds under-19 boss in September.

His experience within the game will prove a valuable tool when he does become a coach and boss. His lack of managerial experience may prove a handicap at such a big club as Rangers though.

Rangers is a difficult job

Rangers are still attempting to return to the days of competing with arch-rivals Celtic. The Gers liquidation and subsequent relegation to the lower leagues of Scottish football have taken its inevitable toll on the football club.

The recent games between Rangers and Celtic have shown that the Hoops are still miles ahead of their Glasgow rivals in terms of quality. Celtic have been the only team in a one-horse race that is the SPL in recent years.

Rangers are currently second-place in SPL, but they trail their bitter-rivals by ten points and are only ahead of third-place Aberdeen by virtue of goal difference.

The clubs fans are desperate for a return to the days of competing for the title. Whoever comes in as the next Rangers boss on a full-time basis will fancy massive expectations and pressure to knock Celtic off their perch.

It will take time, patience and probably bigger investment in the club to return Rangers to where they want to be. It will also take a boss with an exceptional amount of experience and managerial acumen.

With Gerrard just at the start of his coaching career, it may be too soon for the Liverpool legend to take on such a big job.

Gerrard is now the favourite for the job

Steven Gerrard is now the red-hot favourite at odds of 2/7 to be the next permanent Rangers boss. The likes of Neil Warnock, Frank de Boer and Graham Potter have also been linked with taking the role.

If the former Reds captain does get the job, it will be interesting to see how he gets on in his first managerial role. He will come up against his former boss at Liverpool Brendan Rodgers next season, which will make the derby’s rather strange affairs.

No doubt Gerrard dreams of one day managing his beloved Reds. Maybe the Rangers job is his first step towards getting his dream job in the future. This appointment could go either way.

Gerrard could be a resounding success and more than likely move on in the near future. It could, however, go the other way and his lack of experience could cause his first taste of managerial to become a nightmare.

Whatever happens, Steven Gerrard is a brave man taking the Rangers job at this point in his life. He will need all his experience in football and a lot of luck to help Rangers back to the top of the SPL tree if he does get the job.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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