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‘A little secret’: Gerrard admits to phone chats with Ferguson

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during the Scottish Premiership match against Dundee United at Ibrox Stadium on February 21, 2021. (Image: Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard admits he’s put his former rivalries with Manchester United’s legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson to the side to seek advice.

Gerrard collected the William Hill Scottish Football Writers manager of the year award in Glasgow after steering Rangers to their first title in a decade since they reformed and Ferguson hailed the former Reds midfielder’s work so far at Ibrox as “magnificent.”

The Guardian quotes Gerrard as saying:

“It’s very high praise and I’m extremely flattered.

“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.

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“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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