Roy Hodgson has told Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to ‘do his due diligence’ with the Rangers job before he accepts his first challenge as a manager.
The 37-year-old, currently head coach of the Reds’ Under-19s side, is said to be close to taking over the Scottish giants after ‘positive talks’ with Ibrox chiefs, with more discussions set for this week.
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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson, who coached Gerrard as both Liverpool and England manager, joined talkSPORT on Monday to react to the ongoing speculation surrounding his future.
And he had a few words of wisdom for the former midfielder as he prepares to embark on the next chapter of his career.
Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Hodgson said: “The tip I would give is to make certain you do your due diligence with regards to the job before you decide to take it.
“You have to feel confident it’s a job which will give you the opportunity to use the undoubted ability a person like Steven Gerrard has.
“There are certain players I’ve worked with who I’ve had no doubt they would make good managers and head coaches when the day comes they want to take the plunge and commit themselves to that job.
“Stevie has done an apprenticeship by working with the youth team at Liverpool but I wouldn’t give him any other advice other than to do the due diligence and if he thinks it’s the right job, to make certain he believes in himself, like I would certainly believe in him.
“Then, of course, I would say don’t be afraid to make phone calls to previous managers or other friends in the game to ask for a bit of advice from time to time.
“You can’t be too proud to ask for a little bit of advice if you think it’s going to be useful to you, but I don’t think you want that advice thrust upon you just as you’re about to take the job.
“Get your feet under the table, start the job, see what’s happening, and then if you feel you can call someone and ask what they think, don’t be afraid to do so.
“That’s the best advice I can give.”
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