Rangers boss opens up on why his 'journey' will be different from Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho
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Rangers boss opens up on why his 'journey' will be different from Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has opened up on his transition from playing to management and confessed that he is still chasing the highs he experienced as a player at Liverpool – revealing that he is still hung up on “one or two crushing lows.”

Gerrard’s name is almost synonymous with Liverpool over the last two decades and he has added to his glittering career with the Gers’ first major trophy in a decade after winning the Scottish Premiership.

Gerrard arrives at the ground wearing a face covering before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When his Liverpool career was coming to an end, Gerrard moved to LA Galaxy as he weighed up his future and whether he was going to pursue a career in coaching or punditry, but the agony of lows like his title-defining slip against Chelsea continued to gnaw away at the iconic midfielder.

After a brief stint combining work as a pundit with a role within Liverpool’s Academy, Gerrard took the plunge in 2018 when he accepted the Rangers job – and Gerrard thinks he still deserves more moments of glory from the game he’s been involved in for over 30 years.

“I think it’s a massive buzz to me, I won’t deny that. The journey I had at Liverpool, I wouldn’t change for anything in the world,” Gerrard said [High Performance Podcast].

“There was a period toward the end when I knew it was coming to an end. I found it hard to give up being a player. I was on the back of a real brutal, cruel, low in my life in 2014 – the Chelsea episode which still lives with me to this day. I think in terms of the decisions I made in going to America and coming out of the city, just to breathe and relax and freshen up, and decide what was the next step for me; whether it was TV or coaching and what age did I want to coach at.

“It hit me pretty quickly that I missed the competitive side and the daily routine of competing and that buzz of the highs I’ve had as a player then I want to experience them again. The highs well outweigh the lows even though I’ve had one or two crushing lows.

“I think I’ve worked really hard to accept those situations but I still think now part of me is chasing more highs because I think what I’ve given to the sport from seven or eight years of age, I think I deserve more highs. I want to work hard for those highs because I still think more of the lows and I don’t know why.”

Despite having led the Light Blues to the title, Gerrard admits that he still doesn’t see himself as a manager yet, insisting he is still trying to grow into being a “top manager” despite having one of the most dominant seasons in Scottish Premiership history.

Gerrard also admits that he will have a “different type of journey” to the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho who didn’t have long playing careers and had far more time to prepare for finally branching out on their own as a manager, saying: “I think the reason why I’ve wanted to take the challenge up of being a manager…I don’t see myself as a manager yet, I see myself as someone who is trying to grow and become a top manager. That is going to take a long time.

Frank Lampard celebrates scoring to make it 2-0 with Steven Gerrard during the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier match between Moldova and England (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“A lot of coaches who don’t have the playing career I had have 15-20 years to prepare themselves, for example, a Mourinho or a Brendan Rodgers who maybe haven’t had the football career. The reason they are so good at what they do and they are so slick is because they’ve had 20 years experience. I won’t have that luxury because I played so for me it is going to be a different type of journey where I’m going to need people around me who, as a team and a package can be as [good.]”

Ibrox veteran Steven Davis recently signed a contract extension at Ibrox before dropping a hint about his long-term future that Rangers supporters should love.



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