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Steven Gerrard admits to 'secret' phone calls with Alex Ferguson

Ciaran Bradley
Ciaran Bradley

21:33 12 May 2021


Steven Gerrard has said that he has been consulting Alex Ferguson about his career in management.

Ferguson revealed in an interview with Donald McRae that he is a big fan of what Gerrard has done with his former club, Glasgow Rangers.

Alex Ferguson

“Oh, he’s done magnificent. He really has, both on and off the field," Ferguson said.

"A press interview can lose you your job in management. But Steven’s press conferences are fantastic. He’s cool, he’s composed, he gives the right answers. He’s really top because it’s an art.”

Gerrard was

“It’s very high praise and I’m extremely flattered,” Gerrard said.

“He’s an iconic figure in the game. Through no fault of our own we became big, big rivals at Liverpool and Manchester United, the two biggest clubs in British football.

“We were massive rivals for many years and he’s someone that even though he was a rival I looked up to him immensely because he is such an iconic figure in the game. What he achieved in the game is up there with the very best who have ever lived. So I’m really flattered and humbled by his words.”

Steven Gerrard

Gerrard spoke of consultation with the former Manchester United manager that would have been unthinkable when he was in situ down the East Lancs Road.

“I’ll let you into a little secret: I’ve had a couple of conversations with him.

“Since I retired we have parked our rivalry up and he gave me time on the phone to bounce a few things off him, a few questions to do with the management up here at Rangers.

“He was fantastic in those conversations. At some point moving forward I’d love the chance to sit down with him and have a coffee.

"He’s agreed to that and that’s fantastic from his point of view because he doesn’t have to give me his time, especially being a rival.

"But I think that goes to show what type of man he is. He’s not just the iconic manager we all know.”

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