Rangers have officially announced that former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has agreed to become their new manager on a four year deal, joining the club at the end of the season. Speaking to the official Rangers website, Gerrard said: “I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers. I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition.
“I can’t wait to start this new journey at Rangers as we look to build on the many successes that this Club has achieved.”
Despite the club not announcing who Gerrard's backroom staff will be, it is expected that former Liverpool and Scotland captain Gary McAllister will be his assistant.
A few weeks after he undermined then-manager Graeme Murty ahead of the club's Scottish Cup semi final defeat to Celtic, chairman Dave King believes the inexperienced Gerrard is the 'right man to drive Rangers forward'.
King added: “We are delighted to confirm today that Steven Gerrard will become the next manager of Rangers. From the very beginning, talks have been extremely positive and we believe that Steven is the right man to drive Rangers forward.
“He was extremely impressive throughout our negotiations and we are convinced that he has the necessary knowledge and temperament to lead the Club to the success we all desire. This a special day for our Club, our fans and for Steven.”
Managing Director Stewart Robertson said: “We believe we have appointed the perfect man to manage our Club at this time. He is an exciting appointment for the Club and I believe that the Rangers support will back him as only they can.”
The question of who will sign the players will come up over the coming weeks and months, but in the meantime Director of Football Mark Allen has claimed that Gerrard knows the demands placed upon him as manager.
Allen said: “From the moment we met with Steven to discuss this opportunity, we felt that his ambitions and desire to succeed equalled our own for the Club. Make no mistake, Steven fully understands the demands that come with managing a Club of this stature and we look forward to exciting times ahead.”
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