Steven Gerrard and Rangers: What must the new gaffer do?
Cian Carroll | 8 May 2018
A new era is dawning at Ibrox…
Steven Gerrard was sensationally unveiled as the new Rangers manager at a press conference last weekend.
The Liverpool legend takes his first steps into management at the Glasgow giants next season. And his ultimate aim will be to wrestle control of the league away from bitter rivals, Celtic.
But before that, Gerrard must put some building blocks in place before he can properly challenge his old manager, Brendan Rodgers.
The Coral News Team select three things the Anfield hero must do to be a success at the Govan-based club.
Access his contacts
The 37-year-old had a long and distinguished playing career before hanging up his boots. Gerrard is well-connected throughout the game and that will be important in terms of Rangers’ playing staff.
It’s clear the current Gers’ squad needs reshaping and an injection of quality. Fortunately, Liverpool have a plethora of talented youngsters who’ll need game-time out on loan.
It would be a huge surprise if Gerrard didn’t ask to borrow any of Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo, and Harry Wilson to name just three.
Live and breathe the city
Rangers are a demanding club and Glasgow is a tough city. Gers’ fans are probably over the moon regarding Gerrard’s appointment.
But they will likely not tolerate any half-effort from the ex-Reds legend. He must base himself in Glasgow, away from the confines of Merseyside and any sort of daily commute.
And it’d probably help if he embraced the fans as much as possible, too. It’s important he buys into the culture of the club.
Creates a bond with the board
As seen previously with other clubs, if communication between the coaching staff and the board break down, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Current Rangers chairman Dave King is based in South Africa. And that has reportedly proved problematic at times with ex-managers.
Gerrard must foster closer relationships with King and Director of Football, Mark Allen.
Leadership will be fundamental to this new Rangers’ era if they are to have any long-term hope of overtaking Celtic at the top of the Scottish football pyramid.
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