As announced, Steven Gerrard is the new coach of Aston Villa. He succeeded Dean Smith as head of the profession, who was recently relieved of his duties after a series of bad results. The popular Stevie G was the first wish of the management, it was rumored that the selector of Belgium, Roberto Martinez, also appears as an option for a vacant place on the bench, but in the end, the job was given to the 41-year-old expert.
Aston Villa fell low from the most pleasant surprise from last season. Jack Grealish's departure to Manchester City club did not manage to overcome, so after 11 rounds in the new competition year, they are only 16th in the table.
After the triumph over Manchester United at the end of September, the team tied five defeats in the Premier League, which resulted in a parting between the club and coach Smith. The management reacted quickly and in the end managed to reach an agreement with Steven Gerrard, who was previously connected with the Newcastle bench.
The former Liverpool footballer and long-time England international said the following when asked by the media about the Magpies' interest: "Do I look happy to you? Do I look composed to you? Then don't ask me stupid questions." A couple of days later, he changed the board, when the offer from Birmingham arrived.
He started his coaching career in the Liverpool youth team. He led several generations, received praise from Jurgen Klopp for working with young players, and his coaching potential was recognized by Glasgow Rangers, who appointed him the first coach in 2018.
A great move by both sides, as Gerard brought the first title to the team after 10 years of fasting - and in an impressive manner, without defeat. According to Dutch Voetball International, he should be succeeded by a former player of this team Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
He did great things in Scottish football, and now is the time for a far bigger challenge. He will not have an easy task at Vila Park, given the poor form of the team, but also a few important absences. However, he will have enough time to work with most of the first team players until they return from the national team break and prepare for his debut against Brighton (November 20, 16.00).
He pointed out that he can't wait to get to work, but he also used the opportunity to thank the former club. "Aston Villa is a club with a great tradition in English football and I am proud to have become the first coach of this team."