Steven Gerrard was yesterday announced as the new Rangers Manager, joining the club officially on June 1st on a four year contract. It’s difficult to put into context the buzz and excitement surrounding this on social media, not to mention at Ibrox itself.
I personally don’t remember a Buzz such as this one we are currently experiencing. At 34 years old, I was a bit young to appreciate the arrival of Paul Gascoigne, it was the norm for me at that time for Rangers to sign superstars. It was around that time I started going to games and some 20 seasons or so as a season ticket holder, I simply don’t remember anything like this.
They say football can provide you with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, we certainly know that to be true at Rangers. We have experienced some unbelievable highs in the run to Manchester, 9 in a row all during my lifetime. On the flip side we have also experienced the lowest of lows, the turmoil of the club and all that has come with it.
So at this moment in time we are allowed to embrace this, Steven Gerrard IS our new manager and we can be excited. For months I have blogged that a big things were happening in terms of manager and investment, Dave King confirmed that to be true. It is up to the board now to deliver that funding today to the new manager.
It won’t be easy for the new manager as we all know this squad is way short of what is required. But we can also be sure there is a healthy budget there for the new manager and there most certainly will be a number of new faces coming into the club.
Gerrard is a winner, he knows what it takes and he oozes class. Determined and sure of his own self you only have to look at social media to see the reaction of his colleagues. Alan Shearer today joined by many more, Fox US the English national team to name but a few, All talking about Steven Gerrard and our club. Gerrard is made of strong stuff, he will instantly command respect and hopefully the players will be out to impress him as we see out this season.
The manager will be joined by Gary McAllister who will be his trusted assistant. Gary with a fondness for Rangers has always spoke well of our club. He will prove a solid assistant to Steven and also a solid soundboard for the new manager. The rest of his backroom staff will be confirmed in days to come but for the moment we can simply enjoy the moment.
Whilst his management style and exactly what he will bring to the club in his new role almost unknown, we do know that he will bring a hunger, desire and commitment we have been lacking. Steven Gerrard was right today, we simply just need to start winning matches and the rest will fall into place.
I believe thoroughly in this appointment, I believe Rangers will no longer be the soft centred team we have been under the new regime. I believe that in time, Steven Gerrard will install the heart, desire and mentality we have been missing for several years. I have long since blogged that better times were coming to the club, today underlined that belief.
The club today appointed a global superstar in footballing terms. The excitement and atmosphere at Ibrox was incredible as we got our first glimpse of the new man.
I am excited, I do believe this is the start of much better times for our club.
What better way to conclude this but in the managers own words –
‘Steven, any particular message to the Rangers supporters’
Steven Gerrard ‘LETS GO’