Rangers boss Steven Gerrard hints he could quit football altogether

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard hints he could quit football altogether

Steven Gerrard has been deeply engrained in modern day football for decades but he has already started thinking about when he should walk away and leave the sport he loves behind.

The Liverpool legend took up the managers job at Rangers in 2018, two years after hanging up his playing boots.

Gerrard is hoping to lead the Glasgow side to their first Scottish Premiership title since 2011.

However, the day-to-day of professional football takes its toll on not only the player but also their family and friends.

And that could force Gerrard into retirement before a lot of other managers. The ex-midfielder’s wife Alex would love to see him spend more time with her and the kids.

“When you are representing Rangers and you know what it means to certain people, there are times when it dominates your life, and you can’t control that, that’s what it is,” Gerrard told the High Performance Podcast.

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“But there will be a stage in my life where I have to give it up for the sake of my family and for myself, to cut it and live life with a bit of peace.

“I think there’s got to be a stage in your life where you have a calm and peace but I don’t feel ready for that. I do still feel full of energy, I do think I can help players, I do see opportunities to have more highs and buzzes and adrenaline rushes.

“I also see things I want to achieve, so I’m not ready for that now. But for Alex and the kids at some stage, I will have to give myself to them 100%. When that is, who knows.

“Alex would take it tomorrow. She is the one who brings me down when I come in and think I’m fantastic because I scored a goal or we’ve won a game. She pipes me down.

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“And when you’re on the floor and staring at the walls, she’s the one that picks you up. She goes through the journey as well. And the kids see it too.

“You do your best to keep it away and try not to bring it home but any manager or player who says they don’t take it home, they leave it in the car, they are telling you lies.”

Gerrard has been linked with potentially replacing Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss whenever the German decides to call it quits.

But former left-back Jose Enrique is unsure if that would be a good move.

“I do not know who’ll replace Klopp, but I hope it won’t be a decision the club has to make any time soon,” he said.

“Look at the difference he has had on the team, and the players who now want to come and play for us.

“Before he came and even when he joined, it was Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho – our best players at the time, who wanted to move to better teams and now we have Thiago coming from Bayern – who have just won the treble – to play for Liverpool because Klopp has made us one of the best clubs in the world.

“I believe Stevie (Gerrard) will manage the club one day, but to come in after Klopp immediately would not be good.

“Stevie is probably Liverpool’s best ever player and he’ll always be remembered as that, but to come in after Klopp fans will want him to win things straight away and that’s not easy.

“I really like how Stevie works as a manager and things are going really well for him at Rangers, but it would be difficult to change the way Liverpool work again after Klopp and achieve success immediately.

“I would love him to one day manage Liverpool, though.”

Published at Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:06:31 +0000