sport news PETER CROUCH: Steven Gerrard's joy for the job makes me think I should have ...

sport news PETER CROUCH: Steven Gerrard's joy for the job makes me think I should have ...
sport news PETER CROUCH: Steven Gerrard's joy for the job makes me think I should have ...

Steven Gerrard just loves it, doesn't he? Watch him celebrate those two goals on his first day in the Aston Villa dugout. That cannot be manufactured. It's just in him. He lives and breathes the job.

That dedication should stand him in good stead to make a success of this Premier League lark. And success would surprise nobody, especially those who know him.

I've always thought his reactions to goals on the touchline — and this was the same at Rangers — are almost as if he has stuck one in the top corner from 25 yards himself. That makes me think maybe I should have gone into coaching. Maybe it's an even better feeling because you have to work so hard behind the scenes.

New Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard's joy makes me think I should have gone into coaching

New Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard's joy makes me think I should have gone into coaching

His personality has already given Villa a lift, and he commands such huge respect

His personality has already given Villa a lift, and he commands such huge respect

...And here's what my old England team-mates are up to now!

These are the other 10 starters for Peter Crouch's World Cup debut against Paraguay in 2006, and what they went on to do after hanging up their boots:

Paul Robinson: No manager gig. He's done punditry work for Qatari-based beIN Sports.

Gary Neville: Briefly England assistant before a bleak spell at Valencia. Now a Sky pundit.

Rio Ferdinand: Chose punditry instead of going down the management path.

John Terry: Aston Villa's assistant coach from October 2018 to July 2021.

Ashley Cole: Coached with Derby, Chelsea and England U21s. Wants to be a top-flight boss.

David Beckham: No management role but is co-owner of Inter Miami, among other things.

Steven Gerrard: Now Aston Villa boss after a successful stint in charge of Rangers.

Frank Lampard: Managed Derby and Chelsea but now out of work.

Joe Cole: Coached at Chelsea and was assistant at Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Michael Owen: TV pundit who has never gone into management. 

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I have huge respect for former professionals who take the plunge. Scott Parker is a good mate of mine, he lives nearby, and I'll always remember when he won promotion with Fulham. 

All the effort and energy that go into an achievement as huge as that were bundled up into an emotional interview on the touchline at Wembley when they won the play-off final.

There is a little voice in my mind telling me I'll never have that again. But then on the flipside, Scott, now doing well at Bournemouth, is never home and goes through what he does on a weekly basis.

Although you never quite know how you are going to get on, these guys are basically reliving their first steps in football. They probably feel like teenagers again. Every goal that goes in, every win they earn, it's like when you first start playing.

Look at Stevie's emotion when the ball hits the net. You cannot replicate that emotion, the release, in any other walk of life. The facial expressions, the joy, that pure, passionate emotion.

The main thing with Stevie is that he backs himself and I really enjoy watching his media commitments. 

His press conference last week was very revealing, making sure he relayed that this job is not just a stepping stone to Anfield.

I was interested to see what he had to say, because Stevie is one of those characters you can take a lot from, and he said all the right things. He's emotional, can get a bit angry and that passion shines through.

All of the top managers now — Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel being the best trio — are transparently emotional. 

They manage every minute of the game, living it from start to finish, and that is what Stevie possesses. It's in his blood.

I'm really looking forward to following how he goes at Villa. We have all said it before, but the amount of respect he commanded among us team-mates - trying to impress him on a daily basis - can only be replicated and even amplified as a manager.

Every team in the division would have been looking at him after what he did at Ibrox. That was somewhere he probably had a job for as

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