Benitez offers support to Gerrard


Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has said he is ready to give Steven Gerrard any advice he needs.

The former Anfield captain has signed a four year contract to become the new manager of Scottish club Rangers and it will be his first senior appointment of his coaching career.

And his ex-Reds boss has said that he is available to help his old skipper – but doesn’t think he will need the support.

“I don’t think he will need any advice, but just in case, I’m available.” he said.

The Spaniard said that he doesn’t believe that the thirty-seven year old is taking a risk by heading north of the border to club in desperate need of a lift.

“I don’t think so.” he responded.

“He’s a name and he knows about football and I’m sure the staff he’s going to bring with him will have experience, so I think he will be fine.

“Always, when you have someone with this passion for football, with people around with more experience, they can do well.

“It’s always a challenge. He loves football so it’s an opportunity to show his level.

“I said in some interview that because he has had so many different managers, with so many different styles, I’m sure he has learned from everyone and hopefully he can do well.

“It’s not easy, because it is not easy for them to compete against Celtic.

“I think he will be a manager with fresh ideas and his commitment and passion will be there. I think he can do well.” he finished.

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