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Steven Gerrard Says He Turned Down a Job in the English Premier League to Join Rangers

Steven Gerrard Says He Turned Down a Job in the English Premier League to Join Rangers

Steven Gerrard has revealed he turned down the opportunity to work in the English Premier League in order to take up the reins at Ibrox as Rangers boss next season.

The ex-England captain officially took over in the Rangers hot-seat last week and has already completed the signings of Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria ahead of pre-season training.

However, things could’ve been very different, with Gerrard revealing he had offers from every single tier of English football to start his coaching career down south – including in the Premier League.

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Speaking in an interview with Liverpool TV, the Reds legend said: “When Glasgow Rangers come knocking and you’re the youth team coach, it’s a huge opportunity.

“I’m going with the club’s support and the club’s backing and I’m really excited to get started.

“You get a feeling when these opportunities come.

“I had the opportunity to lead in League Two, League One and the Championship and also to be the No2 at Premier League level.

“I didn’t feel ready but I also didn’t get the right feeling in terms of what happens emotionally inside your body.

“But when Rangers come, I’m 15 months further down the line in terms of being on the pitch and in terms of the planning and preparation that comes with coaching.

“I’ve also dealt with a group of players. Obviously the size and the magnitude of Rangers coming, the buzz and the juices got going.

“I also felt in a better position to really go and chat to Rangers and see what they had to say, discuss the project in terms of what they were looking for.

“A lot of the questions I asked and they asked, all the boxes were getting ticked.

“Of course there’s a little bit of risk involved because I’m new and because of the age and experience around it. But I see that as a positive.

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“I see it as someone who’s coming in fresh, who is hungry to succeed, who has been around the game for a long time, and someone who can lift the place and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Gerrard signed a three-year contract when he arrived in Glasgow but it’s not difficult to imagine he could well still end up spending the bulk of his coaching career back in England.

What do you think of his comments? Should he have started his managerial journey in English football, rather than the white-hot atmosphere of Ibrox?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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