Kuyt backs Gerrard to pursue managerial career

Steven Gerrard’s high-profile retirement last week got everyone talking, with the Liverpool legend bringing an end to an illustrious playing career and leading to a debate about what the former England skipper will do from here-on.

Whilst the likes of Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have pursued a career in punditry, Gerrard’s former Liverpool team-mate Dirk Kuyt believes Gerrard is destined for a career in the dug-out, quoted by The Telegraph as stating he wouldn’t take ‘the easy route’.

“I don’t think he needs much more money but he loves the game too much not to go into management. He loves it.”

“He was always involved in football. Obviously he played for so long but he was always watching the Champions League games, other games, he knew a lot even about Dutch football. He was really interested in football. I can’t see him not being involved in the game.”

“That’s why I can’t see him not being involved in football. A lot of the players are analysing the games on TV – that’s the easy way like Carra (Jamie Carragher) does. But to be a manager is a big thing, but I think he would be good at it.”

Gerrard has already turned down the chance of managing League One side MK Dons, with the opportunity coming too soon, and the 36-year-old is likely to earn his coaching badges with former employers Liverpool.

Whether the Merseyside outfit will one day name Gerrard as their manager remains to be seen but it’s advisable that Gerrard earns his stripes elsewhere before stepping into a Premier League job, as he’ll need to get used to his surroundings.