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PremierLeague-News.Com - Belfast-born and South African-raised - Allistair McCaw knows what a top manager looks like.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Allistair McCaw is a man who knows what he’s talking about. More importantly, when he opens his mouth some of the world’s leading sportspeople and clubs listen. They flock to this Belfast-born South African-raised, who lives in Florida and pre-pandemic jetted the globe dispensing advice on the power of positive thinking to those striving to be better versions of themselves. He describes himself as a sports performance consultant, mindset coach and team culture builder but labels don’t matter to McCaw. More important is seeing the people or clubs he speaks to taking his advice on board, making it work and changing themselves or their working environment for the better. Clubs like Rangers. This time last year McCaw flew to Europe to spend three days at the Rangers Training Centre before heading to PSG. But it wasn’t the impact he made on Steven Gerrard’s coaching and backroom team McCaw remembers most vividly. It was the impact they made on him. Now, 12 months on, Rangers are within touching distance of an achievement McCaw believes is phenomenal given Gerrard and first-team coach Michael Beale, a personal friend, have completely turned around a culture of chaos and defeatism. He said: “The change in mindset they’ve instilled in less than three years is phenomenal. It’s all about building the right culture and they’ve done that. “This time last year I met Steven at the Rangers training ground. His leadership skills are exceptional. You’ve seen that from him even as a kid coming through the Liverpool academy. He’s a natural leader that doesn’t necessarily have to say much. “You get different types of leader. Some are vocal, some aren’t and Steven’s not too vocal. He leads by example. “I remember one of the days I was at the training ground, noticing how good he was with the players in the cafeteria, downstairs, outside on the pitch. How he moved between the players. You can’t deny his leadership skills are world class. “One of the days I was leaving the training ground at around 7pm and as I passed the gym there was only one guy working out in there – it was Steven. (Image: SNS Group) “He was one of the few guys left in the building. They talk about first in, last out, which is a bit of a cliche. We know Alex Ferguson was that person but there are similar traits with Gerrard. “I was there on a consulting basis, peaking to the performance team and the medical team. “The invitation was actually from their head of performance Jordan Milsom, who was also at Liverpool with Steven. He’s another world class guy on their team. If there’s one common denominator with the guys there it’s they are just great with people. “Steven has surrounded himself not just with great people in their own fields of expertise but with great people.” One of them, McCaw insists, is Beale. He wouldn’t liken many coaches he’s met with Jose Mourinho but he reckons Beale’s thirst for knowledge is up there with the Portuguese. He said: “Michael’s not one to seek the limelight or want to be the main guy. He’s just incredibly passionate about football and about people. I met him five or six years ago. I was speaking at a football event in London. I was sitting at the back of the class, waiting to speak, and he got up to speak before me. “I didn’t know who he was at the time but when I learned what he’d done and listened to him that day, my first impression was, ‘This guy is going to go on to great things’. “I saw the potential.
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. Steven has obviously been around a lot of elite coaches and elite environments. He has taken time to choose the right people he wants around him and Michael is one of them, for sure.
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“Michael strikes me as Mourinho-like in terms of his passion and his commitment to learning more and more. “He’s a student of the sport. He’s very curious; very sceptical. He asks a lot of questions. That’s a sign of humility as well. You’re not talking about yourself. You’re asking questions. “He’s always had time for me. When I go to Glasgow he always makes time to meet up. The last time it was actually after a midweek game and he still met up with me about 11pm for a chat. “I’ve been lucky to spend a lot of time around great coaches in many different sports and every now and again, you see a Michael Beale and you know there’s something special there. I saw that in him seven years ago, sitting in the back of a class.” As a lifelong Liverpool fan, McCaw would love to see Gerrard return to his spiritual home at some point. Rangers fans will be happy to hear he doesn’t think the time is right. Yet. He said: “Without a doubt he’d love to be the Liverpool manager. The Liverpool fans would love that as well. I don’t know if that will be after Klopp or maybe he will need a little bit more time, which right now, I think he does.
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“But it is interesting Steven’s Rangers contract ends at the same time as Klopp’s does at Liverpool. “The next two years is going to determine what happens, in terms of the future of both managers. It’s so tough to say right now. Liverpool are going through their first dip in three years and it’s going to be interesting to see how that pans out.” First, though, there’s a title in Scotland to be clinched. McCaw said: Steven came in with a long-term vision of wanting to take Rangers back to the top and it looks like it’s going to happen this season. “He’s known the people he needed for that journey. Great leaders get the best people around them. They bring in the people who can help them get to where they want to be. “He knew what he needed and it’s all coming to fruition now. It’s an incredible job, it really is. “Look at the void left at Man United after Ferguson, how long it has taken them to get back to a challenging position. “It’s tough and Steven has done it at Rangers in less than three years. It has been underestimated how exceptional that turnaround has been.”
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