Steven George Gerrard MBE (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional football manager and former player who manages Scottish Premiership club Rangers.
He spent the majority of his playing career as a central midfielder for Liverpool, with most of that time spent as club captain, as well as captaining the England national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time,
Gerrard was awarded the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award in 2005, and the Ballon d'Or Bronze Award. In 2009, Zinedine Zidane and Pelé said that they considered Gerrard to be the best footballer in the world.
Les Ferdinand was delighted to see pal Jermain Defoe handed the chance to kick off his coaching career at Rangers. But the ex-Premier League star fears his old strike partner will become the latest high-profile black candidate to discover opportunity does not always knock down south.
Defoe has called it quits at Ibrox six months after being promoted to Steven Gerrard ’s backroom team as a player-coach. New manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s arrival spelled the end of that arrangement but Defoe has already clarified it was his decision to leave the coaches office and return full-time to the first-team dressing room as he opted to pile his focus back on to playing duties.And it was a lack of action that ultimately persuaded the former West Ham, Spurs and England poacher it was time to move on.
The 39-year-old insists there’s plenty of life left his old legs yet and is preparing to find a new club.But beyond that it appears Defoe has a straight choice between a return to coaching or a move into punditry having taken his first steps towards a TV career with Sky in recent weeks.Get all the latest Rangers news sent straight to your Inbox every day by signing up to our newsletter.We cover every morsel of information regarding your favourite club in the form of articles, videos and podcasts.The newsletter will arrive every day at 12pm, giving you a round up of the best stories we've covered that in the last 24 hours.To sign up, simply enter your email address into the link here.And if you aren't already, make sure you join the conversation over on our Rangers Facebook group and Record Sport Instagram.Former Hammers team-mate Ferdinand, now QPR director of football told Record Sport: “Jermain has fallen into that TV work reallyRead more on dailyrecord.co.uk