Rangers defender, Leon Balogun has come out to hail club manager, Steven Gerrard. He recently revealed that the Englishman’s communication skills with the players is top-notch.
According to him, the gaffer basically sees himself as a friend to everyone playing for him and this has helped the unity in the team.
Balogun added that Gerrard is a coach who knows when to joke with his players and when to get back to work.
His words, “Sometimes it feels like he (Gerrard) is just your pal or one of your teammates.”
“He has the banter with you but then he just knows how to switch. He doesn’t have to scream at us. Sometimes he just has to give you that look and you know, you’re not going to mess it up now because you don’t want to get that look and be the one.”
“It helps that he (Gerrard) is a legend himself but also the way he treats his players, and not just him but Mick Beale, he does an amazing job, TC (Tom Culshaw), Gary McAllister.”
“They all do their parts. The way they treat you as a human being first and foremost. They understand how to manage their players and that makes it easier. Especially with the manager, Steven Gerrard.”
On playing for Rangers, “It’s been an amazing experience,” he said. “I just joined for this glorious successful year so I think they really learned from mistakes in the past.”
“That’s what makes a champion, you don’t dwell on your mistakes, you learn from them and that’s what they did.”
“They made sure everyone gets that in your DNA. It didn’t feel hard to focus, it was just taking game by game and making sure we are the best version of ourselves.”
“That’s what he (Gerrard) kept telling us, we have to be the best version of ourselves today. The way they set standards, they give you confidence and I cannot say one bad word. It’s been fantastic.”
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