Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists the “madness” of Premier League management has not diminished his long-term goal to join the ranks of top coaches.
The 37-year-old’s fledgling coaching career has begun well having guided the Reds’ under-18 side to the top of the table and into the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League.
He has no such pressure in his current job, but knows as he moves up the ladder – and he harbours dreams of managing his boyhood club somewhere down the line – the demand to deliver consistent success becomes far greater.
“I don’t get put off by managers getting sacked. I just think my journey will be what it will be,” Gerrard said.
“Right now I’m only thinking of the next 18 months to two years and getting myself as prepared as I can be for a job closer to first-team level.
“For me it was important to get a taste of it away from the cameras and the spotlight and, first and foremost, experience all these things before you go into the madness.
“I don’t think I have to rush into over-thinking what is next and look what’s out there for the next thing.
“I’m not looking at David Moyes coming in at West Ham or Sam Allardyce at Everton.
“I’d be wasting my time thinking about those situations at the moment because they are way further down the line.
“I want this to be the start of the journey. Nothing is putting me off or scaring me about being available for jobs in the near future.”