Uk news Steven Gerrard insists he always has an open door for Rangers players PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Ibrox boss detailed how he's always bounced back from low points thanks to a good support network and he wants to provide that for his Rangers stars.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! There will be a moment 10 days from now, a split second and a scene frozen in time. Steven Gerrard will host the Premiership trophy above his head, while the red, white and blue ribbons will blow in the breeze. The Rangers boss will savour a high that’s up there with anything he has achieved in his storied career as a player and now as a manager. But it will be all the sweeter for a man who also knows what it’s like to suffer the real lows in a game that can give with one hand and punch you in the guts with the other. Securing the historic 55 for Rangers have make him a legend at Ibrox, just as Gerrard is at Liverpool for famously dragging his side back from the brink to Champions League glory in Istanbul. Sign up to our Record Rangers newsletter 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. The crowning glory as a gaffer will be something to cherish but there will still be the lingering scars from his playing days that will never heal. Gerrard doesn’t need reminding of The Slip. That split second where he lost his footing to let Chelsea in to snatch the Premier League title in 2014 will eat away at him for the rest of his days as much as it did in the moments after the match when the tears came in the car. But the Anfield icon knows it’s those painful experiences that prepare you for the joyous ones. It’s that ability to take the knocks, the dunts and the bitter blows and keep coming back for more. Stamford Bridge wasn’t an isolated incident. There have been numerous times when Gerrard’s been on the canvas and grasping for the ropes during his three years at Ibrox. League and cup disappointments, the Scottish Cup defeat to Hearts last February and the home loss to Hamilton just days later when Rangers fans were left questioning their faith and the manager pondering his future. Gerrard had to bounce back from disappointments live the Scottish Cup exit at Hearts (Image: SNS Group) But Gerrard bounced back –as he always does – and that was the message he had for fans last week during a mental health initiative. Gerrard said: “Being a player it’s not always fantastic or enjoyable. “The journey takes you to some really high places in terms of winning stuff but it also takes you to some cruel lows. “What I will say is I’m quite mentally strong in terms of bouncing back. I’ve accepted that being a player or manager is a journey of highs and lows. “You have to deal with the bad days as well as the good and have that bouncebackability to use setbacks in your life to make you stronger. “But there’s no doubt about it, I’ve had some low days during my career. From a personal point of view, I’ve also had setbacks in life to do with family members and stuff. The key to it all is never keep it in. “Always try to have people around you who you can talk to and share problems with. That always helps you get back in a better place.
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Gerrard stressed during his talk with a group of 25 supporters – brought together by the Rangers Charity Foundation and shirt sponsors 32Red – that his experiences pale in comparison to some of the, quite literally, life-or-death battles with mental health some of them have endured and survived. But he knows being a manager these days is far more than just tactics boards and rousing pre-match speeches. Players needed to be nurtured as well as motivated, they need a leader as well as a father figure. Mental health is as important a factor in football now as sore knees. Just look at the nonsense Albion Rovers man David Cox had to put up with with taunts from a rival about his attempted suicide. Gerrard’s seen his stars at Ibrox racially abused on the pitch and on social media, he had to pick up the pieces from players who suffered nothing but disappointment on the pitch for so long, or kids who landed in bother with the police after being caught breaking lockdown rules. The Gers manager will defend his men to the hilt, whether it’s in public or private, because there’s much more to the job than defending set pieces and sticking the ball in the net. Gerrard said: “Growing up at Liverpool and now being here at Rangers, football is a big part of my life. “But as a manager, you have to deal with things that are above football.
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“It could be a player loses a family member or a loved one could have a terminal illness, for example. “These are things which fans and people on the outside don’t see. It’s my job to make sure that I’m as big a support as I can be. “There are times when I have got to put football secondary and give them the support they need from a lifestyle point of view. “They might need to be away from the game and get some family time. They might need ongoing support or someone to open up to in a one-v-one situation so they can get things off their chest. “I wanna be the type of manager who’s always there for my players and staff. “My door is always open. We’ve dealt with all kinds of stuff. Obviously it’ll remain private but on all kinds of different levels in life and football we’ve had some real private chats with the players and tried to be that support network for them.” Gerrard has found the last year of lockdowns as tough as everyone else, with long spells away from his wife Alex and his four kids. But suffering in silence was never an option. He said: “The thing for me is never, ever feel alone.
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“No matter where you are, there’s always someone or a group of people, whether they’re friends, family or courses like this, that can help you with your own personal experiences and direct you to a better place. “I admire all of you for coming on. Sometimes as men you feel too proud to open up. But for me it’s certainly for the better.” Rangers have secured a five-year partnership extension with 32Red, who will continue to deliver Team Talk – a men’s mental health initiative that gives Rangers fans a support network to share their own mental health experiences.
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