What New Aston Villa Manager Steven Gerrard Will Bring...
Aston Villa have made Steven Gerrard their manager on a three-and-a-half-year contract, finishing his three-year tenure at Rangers.
The previous Liverpool midfield maestro, 41, leaves the Scottish heroes having directed them to League title..their first in 1o years.
Gerrard takes over from Dean Smith, who was sacked on Sunday after a run of five losses on the trot.
Villa have slumped to sixteenth in the Premier League, two points clear of the relegation scrap, despite heavy investment following the sale of Jack Grealish. New manager Gerrard said:
“Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new head coach…In my conversations with [co-owners] Nassef [Sawiris], Wes [Edens] and the rest of the board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.”
Gerrard began his senior managerial career with Scottish Premiership side Rangers in 2018, and leaves with them with a healthy gap ahead of arch rivals Celtic, and with them flying high in the Scottish table.
In terms of compensation, Aston Villa are rumoured to paid Rangers £4.5m. In confirming the departure, Rangers Directory Ross Wilson said:
“Steven and his backroom staff have ensured that the club is undoubtedly in a better place today than it was three-and-a-half years ago…We have shared a desire to move Rangers forward, to modernise our infrastructure and to make the club win again…There have been so many areas that we have moved forward, and there is still so much to be done, but I can’t stress enough how important it has been to have with us a first-team manager who shared a drive and desire to set standards and move the whole football operation forward.”
Gerrard played a whopping 710 times for Liverpool, winning nine prizes, and spent a season at MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015 preceding resigning as a player the next year.
He was coach at Liverpool’s youth set up prior to dealing with the under-18 group during the 2017-18 season.
Some view Gerrard’s appointment as a ‘stepping stone’ to taking over eventually at Liverpool. Even if that were true, Villa can expect a fully focused manager who will hopefully unlock the full potential of a talented squad.