Steven Gerrard leaves Rangers to take charge at Aston Villa

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Aston Villa have appointed Steven Gerrard as the new head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The Liverpool legend ended his successful association as Rangers manager to take the Villa job vacated by Dean Smith, who was sacked last weekend after a run of five successive defeats.

£3.25-4m Compensation has been agreed with the Scottish champions for Gerrard and his assistant Gary McAllister.

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, had been the manager of Rangers since June 2018 and led the club to the Scottish Premiership title last season, ending Celtic’s nine-year reign as champions.

Villa sit 16th in the Premier League table, two points above the relegation zone after 11 games of their campaign.

Gerrard’s first match in charge is set to be the Premier League match against Brighton on November 20.

Gerrard played 710 times for Liverpool, winning nine trophies, and spent a season at MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015 before retiring as a player the following year.

He coached at Liverpool’s youth academy before managing the under-18 team during the 2017-18 season.

Gerrard is England’s fourth-most capped player with 114 international appearances, in which he scored 21 goals.

“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 experience we value highly at Aston Villa,” said Purslow.

“He then took the brave decision to test himself in the intense and high pressured environment of the Scottish Old Firm. His subsequent achievement in winning the Premiership title with Glasgow Rangers really caught our eye, as did his experience in Europe.

“It has been very clear in our discussions with him that Steven’s coaching ambitions, philosophy and values entirely match those of Aston Villa.”

 

 

 

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