Ger­rard ap­pointed Rangers man­ager

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - EWAN MUR­RAY

Steven Ger­rard re­vealed that gut in­stinct was key to his ac­cep­tance of the post of Rangers man­ager, after be­ing un­veiled at Ibrox yes­ter­day. Ger­rard has signed a four-year deal that will be­gin on June 1st be­cause of com­mit­ments with Liver­pool and BT Sport. This marks his first job in man­age­ment.

“When the call came to speak to Rangers, it was a no-brainer,” Ger­rard said. “It was a dif­fer­ent feel­ing in my stom­ach from other op­por­tu­ni­ties I have had to be a man­ager. I got a spe­cial feel­ing and I knew then that Rangers was for me.

“I have con­fi­dence I can de­liver here. A huge op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self. I was very aware of the size of club hav­ing watched from afar for many years.”

A re­laxed, com­posed Ger­rard was greeted by hun­dreds of sup­port­ers as he made one of the most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated ar­rivals in Scot­tish foot­ball his­tory. Ger­rard replied with a force­ful “Bring it on” when asked how he would han­dle the in­ten­sity of Glas­gow foot­ball.

“I don’t mind be­ing un­der pres­sure,” Ger­rard said. “I played un­der pres­sure and I have lived un­der pres­sure since I left school. Since I have stopped play­ing I have missed the pres­sure of go­ing out and fight­ing for three points on the week­end. Pres­sure isn’t a bad thing. If you’re work­ing un­der pres­sure then you’re in a good place. I know there will be a lot of scru­tiny and a lot of pres­sure but that’s what I love about be­ing in­volved in foot­ball.

“In terms of tar­gets I just want to win. That’s what I love do­ing, that’s my buzz.”

Ger­rard con­firmed that Gary McAl­lis­ter would join as his as­sis­tant.

Ger­rard said he did not speak to Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers, his for­mer man­ager at Liver­pool, be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion to join him in Glas­gow. “Me and Brendan are fine,” Ger­rard said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

Speak­ing on the other side of the city, Rodgers wel­comed Ger­rard but warned of a new en­vi­ron­ment. “It is a to­tally dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Celtic’s man­ager. “There is a curve of ex­pe­ri­ence that you need to go through. I am a much bet­ter man­ager, I think, than I was when I started. So you only get it through do­ing it.” – Guardian

Steven Ger­rard: “I have con­fi­dence I can de­liver here.”

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