STEVEN GERRARD has similar traits as a manager to Alex Ferguson and has done a phenomenal job to change the mindset at Rangers.
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That’s the view of Allistair McCaw, a consultant, speaker and author who works with companies, Olympians and football teams.
Last year he spent time at the Rangers Training Centre as a consultant before a trip to French champions PSG.
And he was more than impressed with what he encountered at the club, adding that Gerrard was always the first in and out of the building every day.
Speaking to the Daily Record, 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.
“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.”
McCaw also believes that the background team Gerrard has built at Rangers is key to the success currently being enjoyed at Ibrox.
“I was there on a consulting basis, peaking to the performance team and the medical team,” he added.
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“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.”