Steven Gerrard could get his first taste of first team management this summer. It just won’t be at Liverpool.
According to a report in The Times of London, Glasgow Rangers has offered the open manager role to Gerrard, and at this point it’s Gerrard’s if he wants it, the report states. Gerrard is coming off his first season in management, where he has been coaching Liverpool’s Under-18s squad.
Rangers are currently being coached by interim boss Graeme Murty, who took over last October for Pedro Caixinha when the Portuguese boss was sacked, but the club are looking for another this summer. Rangers currently sit in second place in the table, which would qualify the club for the UEFA Europa League qualification stages.
If given the job, it would follow a trend of recent professionals getting high-profile jobs with little experience at the youth or lower levels. Ryan Giggs was recently put in charge of Wales, while Gary Neville had an infamous difficult time as manager of Valencia, though perhaps that could be explained through other reasons.
Either way, it will be a great opportunity for Gerrard to leave his comfort zone of Liverpool and test himself in a similar fashion to Patrick Vieira, who is improving every week at New York City FC.
Gerrard would be just the second English manager at Rangers as well, following Mark Warburton’s year and a half in charge from 2005-2007.