Steven Gerrard’s first job in senior football management has seen him take the reigns at Ibrox to undertake the unenviable task of helping Rangers return to their former glory.
A growing feeling of inevitability is beginning to manifest itself in the SPFL with Celtic’s growing dominance in Scotland recurring on an annual basis; Celtic win the title at a canter and everybody else plays catch up by trying to narrow a huge gulf in class between the Bhoys and the rest of the division.
But Gerrard’s appointment at Rangers could help to change all that if he emulates the quality he demonstrated during his illustrious playing career during his managerial career.
It’s perhaps a little early to jump to conclusions about his potential to improve and manage in the Premier League, but that has not prevented Wayne Rooney from discussing both his and Frank Lampard’s decision to venture into management this season.
During an interview with the Daily Mail, Rooney said “Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have moved into management and I think it is brilliant for those two. It is the right time for young English managers to step forward. I am sure in two or three years there will be clubs in the Premier League coming to try to snatch them away.”
If their respective playing careers are anything to go by then it’s certainly difficult to argue with Rooney’s prediction that the pairing are future Premier League managers in the making, although history has taught us that the best players rarely make the best managers.
But exceptions to the rule are not unheard of in European football: 3 -time Ballon d’Or winner Zinedine Zidane disproved the myth that great players cannot emulate their achievements in management by wining 3 successive Champions League trophies with Real Madrid between 2016 and 2018.
The problem for Rangers is that the admiration and respect Gerrard naturally commands will take him a long way in football management, and just two or three successful seasons with Rangers will be enough to draw attention from teams in the Premier League.
After successfully qualifying for the Europa League and taking 8 points from his first 5 fixtures it’s fair to say that Gerrard has made a steady but promising opening to his Rangers career.
All eyes are on the Liverpool legend in his intriguing first job in football management and if he builds upon a solid opening by going toe-to-toe with Celtic in the SPFL in the seasons to come, there’s no doubt he will have plenty of offers to mull over from Premier League clubs.
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