Steven Gerrard has been appointed the new manager of Rangers, taking on his first senior managerial role.
The former Liverpool midfielder and England captain takes on the role just three days after it was announced that Graeme Murty had been relieved of his duties at Ibrox.
Gerrard, who has been managing the Liverpool under 18’s since last April, will officially take charge of the Gers ahead of the 2018-19 season from June 1st.
Much is being said of Gerrard taking on such a big job in football despite his lack of experience in management, however, the former reds midfielder is defiant on the issue.
“Experience is not an issue for me, it seems to be for other people. I respect people’s opinions but I can’t control that.” said Gerrard.
Gerrard added “I’ve been around a big football club, big matches a long time. I’ve watched and worked under big managers. There’s only one way to get experience and that’s to believe in yourself that you’ve got the right characteristics to front the challenge. One day I will be experienced, I’m confident this journey will help me.”
With Gerrard taking up the post at Ibrox and moving to Scottish football, it will see him do battle with his former manager at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, manager of Scottish champions Celtic, becoming his opposite number and fierce rival in the Old Firm derbies.
A first half strike from Diego Costa helped see Atletico Madrid across the finish line and into the Europa League final in Lyon in 12 days time at the expense of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side.
The Europa League presented the only shot at silverware that Arsene Wenger could bow out of Arsenal with, but was not to be the case as his side lost 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano and 2-1 on aggregate.
The Frenchman who has spent 22 years at Arsenal, announced two weeks ago that he would not be staying on in his role as manager at the North London club next season.
This bitter blow means that Wenger cannot add a European cup to his three Premier League titles, seven Community Shields and seven FA cups and Wenger admitted after that he sad with the defeat.
“I am like the team, very sad and very disappointed, even very frustrated,”
Wenger added “I have to recover first from a huge disappointment. I’m very, very sad to leave the club with that exit. It is very difficult to take but there are some good ingredients in our team and they will bounce back.”
Despite being knocked yesterday, Arsenal’s longest serving and most successful manager Wenger still has three matches left as Arsenal manager, starting with Burnley at home on Sunday who are just one place off of the Gunners.
This week saw both Real Madrid and Liverpool, two of the world’s biggest and most decorated clubs book their place in this seasons Champions League final.
The eagerly awaited tie sees two sides with a combined 17 European cups go head to head for Europe’s top honour in what promises to be an exciting match which will draw the curtain on 2017/18’s final club game.
Both sides went through, but only just as neither side won their return leg with Real drawing 2-2 at home to Bayern Munich and the Merseyside club losing 4-2 in Rome yesterday night.
Both clubs had such close calls and could breathe sighs of relief and could be very thankful that the results they had obtained the week prior had done the business of securing progression to the final for them.
Zinedine Zidane’s men are the defending champions and most successful club in the competition’s history with last season’s 4-1 win over Italian champions Juventus sealing a 12th European crown for the former Spanish champions.
Jurgen Klopp’s expansive Liverpool side go into this game as underdogs as they look to add Europe’s top accolade to their trophy cabinet for a sixth time and increase their standing as Britain’s most successful club in European competition.
Neither defence will have it easy on the night either as Liverpool will have to halt the famous BBC of Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo whilst their own defenders will have to watch out for Liverpool’s strike force of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and most importantly, Mohammed Salah.
This match will be one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season as two brilliant teams and two real European titans lock horns in Kiev in just over three weeks time.
There have been no conversations between Liverpool and current Spanish and European champions, Real Madrid, over a transfer to bring Mohammed Salah to the Bernabeu.
It has been reported that Salah is of interest to the Madrid club who are very impressed with the Egyptian forwards remarkable first season at Liverpool, scoring 43 goals in 47 games this season with matches still left to play. Read more
The Europa League’s semi finals commence tonight as Olympique Marseille take on Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg, whilst the most eagerly awaited tie of the round also takes place with Arsenal squaring up against the previous two time winners of the competition, Atletico Madrid.
Arsene Wenger’s side booked their place in the last four by dispatching of Russian side, CSKA Moscow 6-3 on aggregate with a comprehensive 4-1 win in the first leg at the Emirates which saw Aaron Ramsey score a scintillating flicked finish. Read more
Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso, has been banned for three matches and will now miss Chelsea’s all important FA cup semi final with Southampton on Sunday afternoon due to violent conduct.
The Spanish defender has been reprimanded for a first half stamp on Southampton’s Shane Long at St Mary’s on during Chelsea’s victory on Saturday afternoon. Read more
Yesterday night Manchester United returned to winning ways after claiming a 2-0 victory away at 11th placed Bournemouth.
The Old Trafford based club suffered a shock defeat last Sunday as they lost 1-0 at home to basement club West Brom, coming only one game after they produced a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in an epic Manchester derby at the Etihad. Read more
The race for Europe’s top prize is on as this week sees the quarter finals first legs commence.
A repeat of last seasons final takes place this round as Juventus take on 12 time champions, Real Madrid, however, the eye catching tie of this years last eight is between two of the Premier League’s best teams. Read more
Alan Pardew has left West Brom by mutual consent only 5 months after taking charge at the Hawthorns.
The former West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager was appointed by the West Midlands club after Tony Pulis had departed the club in November.
Pardew, however, has been unable to turn around the clubs fortunes, overseeing just one win in the league in his 18 games. Read more