The Mirror has interviewed Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez today and he talks about a potential management career for his former captain at Liverpool – Steven Gerrard.
The news broke only a couple of days ago that Steven has already been interviewed for the vacant manager job at MK Dons, so at least Steven’s thinking about a possible management career.
Rafa says in the interview that he would be willing to help Steven in his management career and if the former LA Galaxy player wants any advice, he should give Rafa a call.
Back in the day Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez win Champions League
Certainly Rafa has vast experience in management at a number of big clubs and he’s been in coaching for 30 years and in management for over 20 years, so he knows what he’s taking about.
And Seven has always said that Rafa was the best manager he ever worked under in his carer, and they had a decent working relationship at Liverpool.
Rafa during his press conference on Friday for the Leeds game on Sunday, said that Steven was one of the best players he ever coached.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said in the Mirror today about Gerrard’s possible future as a manager:
“If Stevie wants to talk, I am here. He is a player with great experience anyway, but if he wanted my advice that would be okay.”
“Each individual is different. If Stevie feels he wants to be a manager then he should go for it.”
“You don’t know for sure until you do the job, because management is not just about tactics.” “It is also about having the right personality.”
“Little by little, Steven changed his position as a player.”
“For Liverpool, I played him on the right – and he scored more than 20 goals. Then when Fabio Capello was the England coach, sometimes he played wide on the left side.”
“Later on, Stevie’s best position for me was as a second striker behind Fernando Torres.”
“When you can adjust to three or four different positions like that then your understanding of the game becomes better.”
“I think at that time, Steven learned about different problems and how to come up with the solutions. That made me believe he has the potential to be a good manager.”
“For me, the best way is to learn your job as a manager is when you move to the top little by little.”
“The more experience you can get coming up with solutions to problems, the better it will be for you. That makes you a better manager.”
“If Stevie wants to be a manager, he has to accept and see if he can be a success.”
“You see people on TV say a manager should do this or do that, but it’s easy to say things. It’s much harder when you are actually the manager.”
“It is easy to take the decision in a TV studio. It is different when you are the manager who actually makes the decision.”
“If you don’t have the experience of being a manager then you don’t know how hard the job is.”
It’s so much easier being a pundit than being the real thing – a manager – and Rafa refers to what some pundits say in the (extreme) comfort of the studio.
But if you want to be the real thing, you really have to be a manager and prove you can do the job – and then you can talk about football and tactics with some level of credibility.
But there again, it’s one of the hardest jobs in football these days and certainly stressful.
As the commentators said at the end of Saturday’s Premier League game between Spurs and West Ham, which Spurs won 3-2 dramatically with two late goals after 88 minutes from Harry Kane when all seemed lost – who would be a manager?
They were sympathizing with West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, after the Hammers had played really well but still ended up losing.
If anybody wants a huge challenge in football after their playing careers, then football management is where it’s at.