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Steven Gerrard Opens up on "Secret Chats" with Sir Alex Ferguson After Becoming Rangers Boss

Steven Gerrard revealed phone conversations with Sir Alex Ferguson this season
Steven Gerrard revealed phone conversations with Sir Alex Ferguson this season / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Steven Gerrard has revealed he spoke with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as the 79-year-old has become a mentor for the Rangers' boss this season.

Liverpool legend Gerrard butted heads with Ferguson for almost 15 years, but admitted their sporting competition has been kept aside with the veteran manager making himself available to give Gerrard managerial pointers.

"I’ll let you into a little secret: I’ve had a couple of conversations with him,” Gerrard said of Ferguson after he was named Manager of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers' Association.

"Since I retired we have parked our rivalry up and he gave me time on the phone to bounce a few things off him, a few questions to do with the management up here at Rangers. He was fantastic in those conversations.

"At some point moving forward I'd love the chance to sit down with him and have a coffee. He's agreed to that and that's fantastic from his point of view because he doesn't have to give me his time, especially being a rival. But I think that goes to show what type of man he is. He's not just the iconic manager we all know."

Rangers have two games left this season, and are unbeaten so far, but Gerrard isn't getting ahead of himself. “I don’t want to mark myself out of 10; I think that is for other people,” Gerrard said. “But I have just won an award for being the best manager amongst a set of fantastic coaches so obviously I am not doing too badly.”