Steven Gerrard Is New Aston Villa Coach
The former English Premier League star returns to the league after retirement as a head coach.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has been appointed the head coach of English Premier League side Aston Villa on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Gerrard left his role as Rangers of Scotland manager to take up the Aston Villa job on Thursday, replacing Dean Smith who was axed last weekend after suffering five defeats in a row.
A compensation fee in the region of £3.25-4m saw Rangers allow Gerrard who led them to a 55th Scottish league title win depart for England alongside his assistant Gary McAllister.
Commenting on his move, 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 Nassef, Wes 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.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club.
“Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart. I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future.’’
Gerrard, 41, took over the reins at Rangers in June 2018 and ended the club’s nine-year wait for a league title after winning the league last season. He is expected to change the state of things at Aston Villa currently occupying 16th place in the EPL, two points above the relegation zone. His first game would be a home clash against Brighton on November 20.
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