The Liverpool legend has been appointed as the successor to Dean smith, Aston Villa’s former coach. after electing to leave Scottish champions Rangers, just over six months after ending Celtic’s nine-year stranglehold on the title.
Following Dean Smith sacking earlier this month, the England international has been called to replace him after quitting Rangers to accept the call. The Villans moved swiftly this week to sign the 41-year-old from Ibrox after making him their No.1 target and duly reached a compensation agreement with Rangers. And the price is said to be over £4 million with his assistants Michael Beale and Gary McAllister set to join him.
Steven Gerrard who took charge of the Glasgow club in 2018 doing a great job to end Celtic’s nine-year stranglehold on the Scottish title in 2021, has signed a deal with the West Midland club until the summer of 2025.
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 [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. 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.”
Appointing him the Club CEO Christian Purslow said; The Board of Aston Villa are delighted to appoint Steven as our new Head Coach. We are excited he has agreed to lead us in the next phase of our ambitious plans as we look to build on the progress made since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens took over the club in 2018.”
Gerrard arrives at Villa, with CEO Purslow having been a major advocate for giving him his first taste of management in English football, tasked with leading the side up the table immediately. He believes the club can still make it to the top 10 on the table as they currently sit six points off that mark. Gerrard’s debut comes at home vs Brighton on the 20th of November.