Why Gerrard Isn’t a Future Liverpool Manager
Steven Gerard is a Liverpool legend one of the greatest players in the history of Liverpool FC, over 500 appearances and 120 goals for Liverpool and eight major honors including the 2001 UEFA Cup & the fabled comeback Final 2005 Champions League.
I personally in my own opinion don’t think Steven Gerrard will ever become a manager of Liverpool. Many fans are predicting and would love Gerrard, 38 to be a future Liverpool manager. Harry Kewell has recently thrown his hat into the ring to be a potential future manager in an interview with the Daily Express newspaper. Steven Gerrard Having coached the U-18 team in the 2017/18 season and currently the manager of Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premiership is touted by many to be the one who’ll eventually succeed current incumbent, Jürgen Klopp. He’s done his credibility no harm by guiding Rangers into the Europa League group stages. I think they will be the whipping boys of that group with no experience in Europe I can’t see them troubling the likes of Villarreal and Spartak Moscow.
Great players don’t necessary make great managers, Roy Keane one of Manchester United’s greatest players played and learned under two great managers of the game, Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson. Keane had a stint as a club manager with minor success and is currently assistant manager of Republic of Ireland, comprehensively beaten by Wales 4:1 recently in the Nations Cup. Hardly a success story as a manager. Of all the players who’ve played under the greatest managers of Liverpool very few have ever gone on to be a great manager themselves history is against Steven Gerrard.
Kenny Dalglish and Bob Paisley are obviously an exception to the rule. Even in the Alex Ferguson era very few if any former Manchester United players have made the grade as a manager.
Graeme Souness won the First Division title five times and the European Cup three times with Liverpool under Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan. He went on to manage Glasgow Rangers leading them to three Scottish league titles and four league cups. Although he’d signed numerous players from England to play for Rangers he never managed to achieve success in Europe. Liverpool considered him to be the natural successor to fellow Scot Kenny Dalglish who resigned in February 1991 after a 4:4 draw with Everton in an FA Cup reply.
Although Souness had an abrasive management style and regularly fell foul of the SFA as Rangers manager also falling out with star players he was considered good enough to become Liverpool’s next manager. A move that backfired badly for both Souness and the club. He tarnished his reputation by doing an interview with The Sun newspaper on the third anniversary of Hillsborough as well as getting rid of big name players like Ray Houghton, Peter Beardsley and Dean Saunders. His time at Anfield as a manager isn’t fondly remembered by most fans.
History could repeat itself but I don’t think Steven Gerrard as much as the romanticism of the idea of him leading Liverpool to that Holy Grail of a first Premier League title would make many happy it’s never going to happen. The kind of pressure he’s bound to be under to achieve success as a Liverpool manager would be uniquely different to any other manager his every move, comments and decisions would be scrutinised. It would be like living in a goldfish bowl, not many managers could cope with that especially a former player, ask Kenny Dalglish. With such emotional attachment to a club it may not necessarily result in rational decisions being made which is why when the likes of Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benítez were brought in they didn’t come with emotional baggage of being previously associated with Liverpool FC. They also came with the latest in tactics of the modern European game something that cannot be taught in the divisions of English football.
The Premier League has evolved dramatically with nutrition specialists and fitness coaches now part of the establishment in the modern game. Great coaches are honing their skills in the French, German and Spanish leagues and practicing them in the premier league, even then there’s no guarantee of success. How many British managers are there currently managing a team in the top European leagues – not very many. The reality is very few great players go on to be successful managers at a top club. They are a rare breed and in an exclusive club all of their own.