Steven Gerrard becomes the new Aston Villa boss In a major blow to Scottish football, Steven Gerrard has been enticed south of the border once more, this time to take charge of midlands outfit Aston Villa.
The former Liverpool legend takes over from Dean Smith, who was sacked on Sunday after a fifth consecutive defeat on Friday night to Southampton proved too much for the club hierarchy.
Welcome to Aston Villa, Steven Gerrard. pic.twitter.com/MF8n9CPaYW
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 11, 2021
An official statement read:
Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Gerrard as our new Head Coach.
Gerrard guided Glasgow Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season, finishing the campaign undefeated in the league.
The 41-year-old has attracted many admirers in the game for his work in transforming the fortunes of the Glasgow giants while also implementing an attractive, attacking style of football.
Gerrard, who enjoyed a glittering playing career with Liverpool and England, joined Rangers in 2018 following a spell as an Academy Coach at Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, added:
“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.”
Date for the diary Of course, all eyes will now turn to when Steven Gerrard takes his new side to Anfield, for a reunion with the club he spent his entire career at.
And, luckily for those particularly keen to see him back, it is only a month before the Villians visit Merseyside in the Premier League.
◉ 11th December 2021
◉ Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
The return of Steven Gerrard. pic.twitter.com/rKoZGFJO7F
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) November 11, 2021
Gerrard is sure to get a rousing reception, but will he be able to take all three points too?
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