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Steven Gerrard opens up on Rangers grounding advice from Jurgen Klopp



Steven Gerrard opens up on Rangers grounding advice from Jurgen Klopp

Steven Gerrard has lifted the lid on Jurgen Klopp’s advice ahead of taking his first job in management at Rangers.

The Liverpool legend worked in the Premier League club’s academy prior to taking over the hot seat at Ibrox in the summer of 2018.

He spent around three-and-a-half years with the Light Blues, leading them to their 55th title success in his last full season.

Gerrard departed in November 2021 for Aston Villa, but was sacked by the EPL side after less than a year in charge.

Such setbacks are part of life though, and Gerrard has opened up on some sound advice from Liverpool gaffer Klopp which helped him adapt to becoming his own man in the dugout.

He told Be the Standard initiative: “Jurgen gave incredible support. He knows the game. I got good advice from him. That was good grounding for me and helped me learn the management trade.

“I was obsessed and still am obsessed with winning. But in football, probably like you in business, you’ve got to be prepared for the highs and the lows.

“I’ve had disappointments and setbacks like injuries but that drove me on to get even better. You have to be switched on mentally, setbacks help you in the end.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Dickinson is poised to leave his position at Ibrox as Rangers continue their executive restructuring ahead of the new campaign.

The director of finance and football administration is set to head for the exit door after more than three decades working for the club.

Dickson joined the finance department at Ibrox in 1991 and became financial controller ten years later. After assuming his current position, he was appointed to the board following regime change in 2015.

Dickson is currently a member of the Scottish FA Congress and Rules and Revision Committee, the SPFL Judicial Panel Protocol Working Group and is the Rangers representative with the Glasgow FA.

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‘There’s nobody ahead of me’ – New Leeds boss Sam Allardyce insists he’s ‘as good as’ Pep…

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Sam Allardyce has taken on the Leeds job full of confidence despite the team being on the brink of relegation.

Allardyce unveiled WednesdayLeeds just outside relegation zoneVeteran manager thinks he’s up to task

WHAT HAPPENED? The 68-year-old replaced Javi Gracia having not managed since his spell with West Brom ended in 2021. His Premier League experience has been touted as a reason for his appointment, and he believes he’s on par with the very best coaches in the division.

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WHAT THEY SAID: “There’s nobody ahead of me in football terms,” he told reporters. “Not Pep, not Klopp, not Arteta. They do what they do, I do what I do. But in terms of depth of knowledge, I am up there with them. I am not saying I am better than them, but I am as good as them.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Allardyce has spent much of his managerial career tasked with keeping lower-half sides in the top flight, and his track record in that regard is mixed. He failed to save West Brom in his last position but has successfully pulled off great escapes elsewhere.

WHAT NEXT? Leeds are level with 18th-placed Nottingham Forest on 30 points but ahead on goal difference with four matches to go. Leicester City, meanwhile, also have 30 points but are in 16th with a better goal difference than Leeds and Forest. Leeds are in action next against Manchester City on Saturday.

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