Former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard has been appointed as Aston Villa manager after leaving the Rangers. Gerard, who was known for his accurate long passing during his halcyon days, will take the baton from Dean Smith, who was sacked from his position after five consecutive defeats.
“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,” Gerrard said of his appointment. “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.”
Villa CEO Christian Purslow added: “The board of Aston Villa are delighted to appoint Steven as our new head coach. Since moving into coaching after his illustrious playing career, Steven began by managing and developing top young players in the Liverpool FC Academy which is an experience we value highly at Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, Gerrard left Rangers after leading them to glory for the first time in 10 years, which was the team’s first unbeaten campaign. He bid adieu to the Scottish club after spending three and a half years.
Gerard’s first assignment as Aston Villa manager will be against Brighton on November 20. Gerard’s team will take on his former club Liverpool at Anfield on December 11.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa has managed only three wins from 11 matches and is two points above the relegation zone at the 16th place in the Premier League points table. Thus, Gerard will have his work cut out and he will look to turn the tables for Villa.