As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Steven Gerrard has responded to recent claims made by Emile Heskey.
In an interview with The Times, Heskey claimed that white former players had an immediate advantage over those of other ethnicities when trying to get into football management.
“I couldn’t tell you why black people had to be bottom-feeders and then others can go wherever and get a job.”
When discussing Gerrard and Frank Lampard, he continued: “One hundred per cent it would be easier. They are going to get those jobs.”
“I can only point towards skin colours. I can also point towards medals. Sol (Campbell) has got more than Stevie. Ashley Cole’s got more than any of them. Ash Cole is being given a chance to get on that ladder with Chelsea under-15s.”
Rangers boss Gerrard responds to Heskey claims
When asked for his thoughts on the interview, the manager’s response was short and dismissive of Heskey.
“I don’t have anything to say on that”, said Gerrard, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “I don’t really look out for any interviews that Emile Heskey does.”
These two were teammates for a number of years for both Liverpool and England. However, it seems they aren’t quite seeing eye to eye right now.
Heskey’s comments are a commentary on the system, and this is not the platform for debate of that nature.
However, what should be pointed out is that while their rise to high profile football management was sudden, neither Gerrard nor Lampard were handed their positions as total rookies.
Gerrard, of course, served as Head of Liverpool’s Academy before being given the Ibrox hot seat. Meanwhile, Lampard took Derby County to a Championship playoff final before returning to his former club Chelsea.
Also, somewhat pedantically, it was incorrect of Heskey to say Sol Campbell has more medals than the Gerrard.
Either way, the Gers boss did well not to be drawn into a debate on this matter. What’s most important for him right now, is to concentrate on the task at hand and to win things with Rangers.
If he can make a success of his time in Glasgow, then no one will be able to discredit his appointment.
Many fans believe he slipped up against Celtic earlier this month, but crucially, he has time to redeem himself.