Jamie Redknapp has his say on Steven Gerrard's future

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Steven Gerrard called time on his 18-year career on Thursday and now the talk turns to what the former Liverpool and England captain will do next.

He had been linked with the vacant manager's job at MK Dons but turned it down before admitting the opportunity had come too soon.

Reds' fans will be hoping that whatever the Anfield legend does next involves returning to his former club in some capacity, and at this moment in time, a role within their academy system looks the most likely.

On Sky Sports' Soccer AM this morning, another former Liverpool player and teammate of Gerrard, Jamie Redknapp, was on the sofa to discuss what lies next for him.

The pundit said that Gerrard wanted to make the move to coaching but that he should not rush his decision so he can take a bit of time out to think about his options and spend time with his family.

"No disrespect to MK Dons but I think he needs to have a bit of time away now, to enjoy some time with his family," Redknapp said.

"He needs to enjoy a bit of freedom, but I would say don't wait too long before you make your next step."


Despite Gerrard's illustrious career where he won the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups, Redknapp believes that that does not guarantee success in management.

"It's difficult because a lot of people think because you were a great player, you're going to be a great manager," Redknapp added. "It doesn't work like that anymore.

"A lot of the managers have got 10 or 12 years' experience ahead of the players. You look at Jose Mourinho, he didn't play at the top level, and he was already doing his coaching badges at 21, 22 years old.

"He was working behind the scenes and that's a massive advantage over people like Steven Gerrard who are coming out of the game.

"I know he has done a couple of coaching badges but it doesn't mean you're automatically going to be a great manager.


"We have seen so many cautionary tales, people who have come out and tried to become great managers.

"You have to take the right job, you need a chairman that trusts you and wants to give you money and an opportunity because before you know it, you were a great player with a great legacy, and then you get the sack and it can all go wrong."

Whether Gerrard turns out to be the next Zinedine Zidane or Gary Neville at management level remains to be seen, but Liverpool fans will be hopeful that whatever happens, he joins their backroom staff is some capacity.


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