How Stevie G fights the stress of being Rangers manager

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Rangers FC's head coach Steven Gerrard gives a press conference on the eve of their match against Belgian club Standard de Liege on the first day of the group phase (group D) of the UEFA Europa League football competition, in Liege on October 21, 2020. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belga / AFP) / Belgium OUT (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)

This entry may sound silly, indeed many of you might laugh at the very notion of what we’re about to reveal/discuss, but we think it says a lot for Steven Gerrard that we’re going here.

If there’s one thing which 99% of managers at this kind of level have in common, especially when things aren’t going terribly well, and especially when they have been in the job anything over about a year and a half, it’s thus:

Greying hair.

Giggle if you like, but while greying hair is mostly genetic, it is also heavily brought on by stress, and history is littered with examples of fairly young managers taking big management jobs and even two years later being notably grey as a result of the pressure.

And there’s no denying Steven Gerrard’s first two seasons as manager weren’t the smoothest – there were a tonne of hiccups and a lot went wrong, which would have given ample reason for the Ibrox boss to lose some of his colour.

But his hair remains exactly the same today as it did when he was appointed. Not an ounce of silver or grey.

Where are we going with this?

Mentality, steeliness and calm, that’s where.

Steven Gerrard simply hasn’t been stressed in three years at Ibrox, and if he has, he’s hiding it impeccably.

Yes, it’s entirely possible you’re all gigging with Just for Men jokes et al, and we share that humour, but if there’s a man calmer at Ibrox than Stevie, we’d like to know who it is.

Even when things didn’t go as well, the manager never lost his composure – he might have said the occasional comment we didn’t all agree with, but he never looked rattled, stressed or under pressure.

And the complete lack of grey hairs after three years in THIS job tells you everything about his determination, his steel, his status quo and ability to remain composure when under the kind of pressure he’s under.

Not bad at all.