Former Liverpool player, Steven Gerrard, has been exceptional with Rangers this season, guiding them to their first Scottish League title in ten years.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard said that he has been in contact with the former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his time at Ibrox. The Rangers boss has revealed that he has held “secret” phone calls with Sir Alex. For several years, Gerrard and Ferguson were part of rival clubs. The Scot helmed Manchester United, while the Englishman was the skipper of Liverpool. Ferguson retired in 2013, while Gerrard left Liverpool two years later.
Regarded as one of the brightest young coaches in the game, the 40-year-old has made people notice his achievements at Rangers. He has now admitted to seeking out advice from the legendary Scot about the inner workings of Scottish football. “I’ll let you into a little secret: I’ve had a couple of conversations with him,” Gerrard said of Sir Alex after being named Manager of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association.
“Since I retired we have parked our rivalry up and he gave me time on the phone to bounce a few things off him, a few questions to do with the management up here at Rangers. He was fantastic in those conversations. At some point moving forward I’d love the chance to sit down with him and have a coffee.”
“He’s agreed to that and that’s fantastic from his point of view because he doesn’t have to give me his time, especially being a rival, but I think that goes to show what type of man he is. He’s not just the iconic manager we all know.”
Ferguson recently praised Gerrard for his work at Rangers. He was particularly happy with the way the former midfielder mastered the “art” of dealing with the media. “He’s done magnificent. He really has, both on and off the field,” he said.
“A press interview can lose you your job in management, but Steven’s press conferences are fantastic. He’s cool, he’s composed, he gives the right answers. He’s really top because it’s an art.”
Responding to Ferguson’s compliments, Gerrard said, “It’s very high praise and I’m extremely flattered. He’s an iconic figure in the game. Through no fault of our own we became big, big rivals at Liverpool and Manchester United, the two biggest clubs in British football.”
“We were massive rivals for many years and he’s someone that even though he was a rival I looked up to him immensely because he is such an iconic figure in the game. What he achieved in the game is up there with the very best who have ever lived. So I’m really flattered and humbled by his words.”
Gerrard has been exceptional with Rangers this season, guiding them to their first Scottish League title in ten years.