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Steven Gerrard speaks for the first time on being named new Aston Villa manager

Steven Gerrard speaks for the first time on being named new Aston Villa manager, which was confirmed by the club on Thursday morning.

Villa have sealed a deal to appoint the Rangers boss, with compensation of between £3.25-4m agreed with the Scottish club for Gerrard and his assistant Gary McAllister.

Gerrard, 41, has been in charge 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 have moved swiftly to appoint a new manager after sacking Dean Smith on Sunday, following a run of five successive Premier League defeats.

Villa are 16th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone.


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.

CEO Christian Purslow said: “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 experience we value highly at Aston Villa.

“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.

“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.”

Steven Gerrard

Steven 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.”


RANGERS can today announce the departure of manager Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa.

Gerrard moves to the Midlands club having played a key role in the significant growth of the Light Blues in numerous areas during his three-and-a-half years at Ibrox.

Rangers now has an outstanding, highly competitive playing squad which is capable of both winning and entertaining on all fronts, with the highest of standards now also prevalent throughout the football department.

In European competition, Rangers have qualified for group stage football for four successive seasons, and knockout-stage football in the last two, improving not only the club’s standing on the continent, but also that of Scottish Football.

Domestically, Rangers have flourished under Gerrard, with that work culminating in the club claiming their 55th title last season on the back of an unbeaten league campaign.

He now leaves Rangers with the club top of the Scottish Premiership with a Premier Sports Cup semi-final to look forward to and the opportunity to qualify yet again for the knockout stages of the Europa League still in the team’s own hands.

Rangers Chairman, Douglas Park, commented: “I would firstly like to put on record my thanks to Steven for his outstanding efforts over the last three-and-a-half years at Rangers.

“He has provided us all with some unforgettable moments, not least his delivery of the Scottish Premiership title back to Ibrox last season having not lost a match in the entire league campaign.

“In European competition, he has restored the good name and credibility of our club on the continent and leaves us in a very healthy position on the pitch.”

Sporting Director, Ross Wilson, added: “Firstly I want to say thank you to Steven for the work, dedication and professionalism with which he has diligently carried out the role of Rangers Manager.

“Steven and his backroom staff have ensured that the club is undoubtedly in a better place today than it was three-and-a-half years ago. I joined Steven on that journey just over two years ago and from the first day we met, I have enjoyed all aspects of our partnership.

“We have shared a desire to move Rangers forward, to modernise our infrastructure and to make the club win again. There have been so many areas that we have moved forward, and there is still so much to be done, but I can’t stress enough how important it has been to have with us a first team manager who shared a drive and desire to set standards and move the whole football operation forward.

“I know how much it meant to Steven that our 55th league championship was achieved last season, and alongside an excellent European record across his tenure, we have had some truly memorable days and nights. Personally, I am proud of the work that we have done together along with all of the players and staff, and I know Steven shares that pride. We wish Steven nothing but success for his next chapter.”

Rangers Football Club would like to put on record their thanks to Steven and his staff and wish them every success in the future. They will always be welcome at Ibrox.


Fans reacted as Steven Gerrard speaks for the first time on being named new Aston Villa manager…

@PenaCartel: Appreciate the work he done in the 3 years, from a shambles to Champions. Sadly, a very snide exit is a poor way to end

@DebraPrigg: Right, regardless of what we think, right or wrong man. It is time to get behind him and the team. We are Aston Villa, we are not one manager or player. Let’s get some positivity going again 💜💙🦁

@SixTimesLFC: He built a competitive team, won a league title, stopped Celtic to ten in a row, got you back into Europe, and rangers fans are still ungrateful. Not surprised he jumped ship.

@jonevans91: Risk in the appointment but could be a good appointment. Certainly done a decent job at Rangers but will it transfer across? He should be good for our midfielders and plays a promising style of football. Should also attract better players due to his name.

@Beesh24240265: Good luck to him, done a great job at rangers in the circumstances. Hopefully he can meet villa’s expectations and finish 9th.

@halliej1982: Cheers mate. Appreciate the little dig there but 9th in Prem is a much bigger achievement than winning multiple trophies in a farmers league 😁

@4ladshadadream: Thanks. We move quickly, only concern is what we do now

@iAMdeanboyd: Fucking strange appointment, dont know what he’s going to achieve there. Awful timing. So many Fans stood by him when he was close to failing. This shows there is no Loyalty in football after what he’s said recently.

@Bavew97: Rangers fans would do well to remember he is bigger than your club. You were lucky to ever have him

@Steven172254151: Rangers gave him the chance and took the risk on him, do you think he would be getting the Villa job if Rangers didn’t give him the opportunity?

@gav29275664: 2 of the best ever prem midfielders in gerrard and his assistant Gary macallister will now be coaching mcginn, dougie, and the youngsters coming through, the Ramsey’s the chucks and whole host of promising youngsters. Exciting times. Good luck,

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