STEVEN GERRARD believes the experiences he has had and the highs and low from his first season at Rangers will only help him become a better manager.
In an exclusive interview with RangersTV, the England legend looks back at his 12 months in charge of the Light Blues and the challenges he has faced since moving into the Ibrox hotseat.
Speaking at the Hummel Training Centre, he said: “I’ve enjoyed it. What I’ve noticed, the surprise factor I suppose, coming into this job is the contrast in games. Teams are all different in different ways, but then domestically to Europe is completely different.
“Especially in the first six months we’re going up against teams that have maybe got Champions League experience – your Celtics, your Maribors – who are very technical and get on the ball and play. And the ball is on the floor for the majority of the game.
“But then within three or four days you can go and play against a team when all they’re interested in is spoiling what you do and going long and direct and being physical.
“So it’s being able to adapt and having enough players and different players in your squad to cope with the different styles of football.
I’ve learned tonnes, loads. There’s not enough time to explain it all. I know more about players individually and I know more about managers. I know their tactics and their styles more. I know the environments where we’re going to play and I know the weather conditions.
“I know more about my players and where I’ve maybe got it wrong. I know where I’ve maybe done something and I’ve got it more right than I thought I was going to get it right.
“So the last 12 months have been so valuable to me and I believe myself and the team will benefit from that experience that’s gone before moving forward and we have to.
“We have to learn from our mistakes and also keep trying to strive for good standards where we’ve got it right.”
This summer will be massive for Gerrard and his coaching staff as they add new faces to their squad and prepare the players for the 2019/20 campaign. The manager, however, insists he has good foundations to build on.
He added: “I don’t think it will be like last summer. Obviously we felt we needed big changes in different areas and we wanted to freshen it up with a lot of newness, because we felt it was broken and fractured in certain areas as a club.
“As a feeling there was a lot of negativity around, so that was the reason we made a lot of changes there.
We feel as though we have a decent squad here and a good team, but to get to the next level now we feel it’s about having quality.
“At the moment we can only strike for the frees that are maybe out there, for the pre-contracts which we’ve done. When the window opens we want to go and strike for the areas of the pitch where we feel we need real quality to take us to the next level.”
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