It is hard to believe that Steven Gerrard marched up a marble staircase for the first time 16 months ago to take his place in the Rangers' Hot Seat.

The pace of change at Ibrox was so high that the first quarter of Gerrard's four-year contract has passed almost as fast as a Jorg Albertz rammer of that time.

Gerrard wasted no time in overtaking his squad with 15 new entries in his first transfer window and another 11 this time.

Equally important, however, was that the rookie boss and the Liverpool legend made sure he was surrounded on the training grounds by quality – and that what he lacked in experience was more than made up for by his assistants.

Former Scottish skipper Gary McAllister became his second, former head of the Liverpool Academy, Michael Beale, who served as the first team coach, as well as his colleague Tom Culshaw from Anfield Academy and Reds & # 39; fitness chief Jordan Milsom joined Gerrard to support his bid to bring Rangers back to the top.

Now, Beale has given an open and open analysis of the dynamics between the group and the way Gerrard, as a figurehead, runs his daily business to drive his Ibrox revolution.



Steven Gerrard and Michael Beale reach Tynecastle

Speak with The Byline podcast Beale details Gerrard's philosophy and the problems and achievements that the rookie boss has encountered since joining Ibrox to end Celtic's dominance in Scottish football.

Beale, who returned to the Liverpool Academy after working as a deputy coach for Sao Paulo in Brazil, sees the balance in the Ibrox coaching staff as the perfect basis for Rangers to be successful on the pitch. Even if, after only a few weeks in the job, they recognized the extent of the overhaul required in the game department.

Beale said, "We compliment each other in many ways, having spent many years training with different players and different things while being a very successful top player over the years.

"If you bring them together – and between us Gary McAllister, Tom Culshaw (technical trainer), and Jordan Milsom (fitness trainer) – try to have everything in the building first.



Rangers first team coach Michael Beale, manager Steven Gerrard and deputy manager Gary McAllister

"Steven has been trying to bring together the right ingredients to give himself the best opportunity to advance Rangers.

"Most importantly, we have a clear identity as a management team led by Steven, how we want to play, and then it's our job as coaches to complete the training sessions that players develop."

"After all, we did not have many (players) when we arrived, believing they could do what we wanted.

"Then you have to have a big recruiting offensive and involve young, hungry players who can play along.

"And we've mostly been trying to see players in top clubs or between the ages of 20 and 24 who may not have a chance in their club and who are brought in and grow fast because they're given the chance." The same coaching and the same platform, but also the opportunity to play, and then you benefit from it.

"Then it's all about the experiences of Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister in terms of being big players and their mentality and mindset that you have to have – me and Tom's and Jordan's ways of training and promoting young players and put it all together. " A fantastic club that has the chance to evolve.

"It's a really exciting and complex project."




Beale continued, "Steven is a very, very good coach, but he wants to be a manager, I'm obsessed with X and Os – how does this practice and how does this practice.

"But the manager will be obsessed with team selection, off-field player management, one-to-one relationship and media management, top management with the board and outside with the fans and the outside world Academy."

"My job is much easier, I just have to put together four or five exercises every day at 11am to keep players fit, organized, happy, and improving."

"Actually, I wanted to become a manager, but I think it's fantastic to do that job, and with the person I do it is fantastic to plan and practice with the players every day, without having to Having to take care of agents, which is difficult for me. "

Gerrard came to Ibrox with the X-Factor after a brilliant career with Liverpool and England, where he led his club to success in the Champions League and star at numerous world championships.

That meant he immediately got respect from the game staff when he came to the dressing room as a manager.

But, as Beale explains, this aura can fade quickly when a manager begins to fidget.

Dealing with high-paid, highly-talented young talent requires an understanding of man-level management at many levels – and the ability to make the right decisions at the right time.

Gerrard faced a series of discipline issues in his first season, leading to the development of a new code of conduct for his players both on and off the pitch.




Beale said, "Any ex-player who does coaching, but most of all someone at Steven's level – he has the group – from the moment he comes in the first few days, he has the group.

"But what they say and do and how they act will determine how long they have the group.

"Because you're dealing with young millionaires with ego and they believe in their own status, so they listen to you and you're very impressive to them.

"You speak of top professionals who are now in the coaching world, so they have to pick players and from the beginning you have their ears, but then it's what you say and how you make them feel.

"How you behave every day, how you treat the whole group, your ideas about football, supposing you are not very good at one-to-one relationships, you isolate the players."

"If you play a game and tactically do something wrong or misbehave the discipline in the group, a player may get away with something that others do not, or you may not always be present or not always professional in your behavior – the team exists certain rules, but as a manager you can see how you drink alcohol at a certain time.




"It's about how you manage your message, how you make people feel, and ultimately how you manage the group, how long you keep it."

Beale has coaching experience at Chelsea, Liverpool and Brazil. But he admits that no derby can be compared to the explosion of passion and intensity of the Old Firm.

In just over a year he experienced the ups and downs of the game, two wins and two defeats last season, before the first derby of the current season was lost to Ibrox just 12 days ago.




He said, "I wish I saw the game as a fan because it's different to be in. You enjoy it afterwards.

"Whether you won or how recently, we've lost the last and it's difficult because you feel like you've failed people.

"It's a small town, but it's obsessed, it's a goldfish bowl, it's a pleasure to be involved in. The intensity of the game is unique, it's a burst of energy and passion that explodes on the field.

"I was involved in the Merseyside derby and the London derby, and of course I was in Sao Paulo, where there were big derbies with Corinthians and Palmeiras, but that's WOW, it's a pleasure to be involved, and me I have to come back one day. " Watch it as a fan. "

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