Aston Villa finally got their preferred choice Steven Gerrard as they appointed him as their new manager. After recently sacking their three years old managers Dean Smith after his five consecutive defeats. So, the Villa bosses are on the hunt for a new successor of Dean Smith. Their preferred candidates for the role are Steven Gerrard and Roberto Martinez, especially Steven Gerrard. Therefore on Thursday, the deal was finally done with the Rangers to bring Steven Gerrard in Villa Park.
Aston Villa pays the compensation of £3.25 million to the Rangers as per the contract. Hence, Villa signs him as a new head coach at Villa Park on a contract of 3 and half years. The former Liverpool player joins the Scottish champions in the year 2018. During his time at Rangers, he led the team to the Scottish Premiership title in the previous season. He ends the record set by Celtic as nine years title-winning streak.
Even in the ongoing Scottish Premiership tournament, they are again the strongest contenders to retain the title. Despite this, he left the club and joins the Premier League club. After his appointment, he said that he is so proud to join Aston Villa as the new head coach, as Villa has a rich history and tradition in English football.
He also expresses his gratitude towards the Glasgow Rangers to provide him with huge opportunities to manage clubs the iconic football club. And helping the club to win their 55th title will always remain a special part of his life. After that, he wishes the best to his former staff members, players and supporters in the future.
Can Steven Gerrard will become Dean Smith Successor at Aston Villa?
On the other hand, Steven Gerrard will debut for Aston Villa in the match against Brighton on 20th November. Therefore, he will manage the club from the middle part as Villa already completed their 11 games in charge of Dean Smith. Currently, Aston Villa is in the 16th position with 10 points.
Before bringing the Villa on the track after their 5 consecutive defeats in Premier League that put them behind in the points table. Gerrard has many things to solve at Villa’ park from defence solutions to new signings, connecting with the new fans etc.
Aston Villa Premier League fixtures
November 20: Brighton vs Aston Villa
November 27: Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace
December 1: Man City vs Aston Villa
December 5: Leicester City vs Aston Villa
December 11: Aston Villa vs Liverpool
December 14: Aston Villa vs Norwich