Gerrard appointed Rangers manager
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.”