Steven Gerrard has heaped praise on the backroom staff that has helped him drive Rangers to the brink of the title – and insisted it will take up to 20 YEARS to become as good a coach as his sidekick Michael Beale.
First team coach Beale takes and organises most of Rangers training sessions and Gerrard is adamant that he, Gary McAllister, Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milsom have been absolutely crucial to this season’s success story that sees Rangers just four wins from their first championship success in a decade.
And he insisted that Beale, whom he brought to Ibrox from the Liverpool youth set up, is so good that he’d never dream of trying to interfere too much in the coaching sessions he delivers on a daily basis.
Speaking on the Robbie Fowler Podcast, Gerrard told his former Anfield team-mate: “When you take a job it’s important to get the right people around you to compliment your skill set. You’ve got to self-analyse, know what you’re good at, and know what you need around you to make a really good coaching team.
“I believe I’ve got here.
“I’m not ready to take a back step. I think you do that when you’re more experienced and have been in the role for many, many years.
“What I’ll never do is try to do someone else’s job when they are better than me at doing it.
“For example, I’d worked on (identifying) a coaching team behind the scenes when I was manager of the Liverpool U18 and U19 teams. People wouldn’t believe how closely I was watching people to take with me when the opportunity eventually came.
“I haven’t had the luxury of retiring early from the game or not being a player, in terms of having that pitch time to really become a coach for the past 20 years like a Brendan Rodgers, a Mourinho or a Michael Beale.
“It would take me 15/20 years to become as good as Michael Beale as an on-pitch coach, delivering sessions on a daily basis, so I let Mick be Mick Beale because he’s the expert.
“But I make sure I’m here for every session. I make sure I’m in the middle of every session and I make sure I step in if I need to.
“But what I won’t do is overtake everyone and stand on people’s toes. If that happened, by 3 o’clock on a Saturday the players would be sick of my voice and my face and after six months no player would want to play for you.
“So, it’s about understanding my skill sets and how they work on a weekly schedule and how everyone works around that to make sure that we’ve got the right pieces in the right places and I must say my staff have been incredible for me.
“They’ve been on every single session. They’ve lived the journey with me and I’ve got total belief and confidence in them. I see this as a relationship and a group for a long time, if that’s what they want as well.”