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Steven Gerrard reveals wife Alex wants him to quit as Rangers boss and escape pressure for family life

FAMILY MAN Steven Gerrard admits his wife Alex would love to see him quit football management and escape its pressures.

Gerrard, 40, took over at Rangers more than two years ago but is building a team capable of winning the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers are six points clear of Celtic, albeit with a match in hand, in the race to deny their Old Firm rivals an unprecedented tenth successive title.

Gerrard, who had glittering success as a player with Liverpool, accepts that he pays an all-consuming, obsessive price for being the No.1 man in the dugout.

But in an emotional insight, he acknowledges his family are not receiving all of his time and energy at this stage of his life.

Gerrard, a father of four, told the High Performance Podcast: “There are times when it dominates your life and you can’t control that. That’s what it is.

“But there will be a stage in my life where I have to give it up, for the sake of my family and for myself. To cut it, and live life with a bit of peace.

“There’s got to be a stage of your life where you have calm and peace, but at the moment I don’t feel ready for it.

“I do still feel full of energy. I do think I can help players. I do see opportunities to have more highs, and buzzes, and adrenaline rushes.

“For Alex and the kids, at some stage, I’m going to have to give me self to them, 100%. When that will be, who knows?

“Alex would take it tomorrow. She’d take it tomorrow.”

Gerrard and Alex Curran married in June 2007 and she has been a rock by his side during his Liverpool highs and lows and then two seasons in the MLS with LA Galaxy.

He added: “Alex is the one who brings me down, when I’ve come in, and think I’m fantastic. If I’ve scored a goal, or we’ve won a game, she pipes me down.

“And when you’re on the floor, and you’re staring at the wall, she’s the one who helps pick you up.

“You know, she is going through the journey as well, so at some point, and the kids, the kids see it.

“You know, you do your best, to keep it away from them. You try and not bring it home.

“But any manager or any player that says, ‘Yeah, I don’t take it home, I leave it in the car’, are telling you lies.”

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