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OFFICIAL: Aston Villa appoints Steven Gerrard as new manager

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Aston Villa have appointed Steven Gerrard as their new manager.

The midland outfit made the announcement on Twitter

Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Gerrard as our new Head Coach. 

— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 11, 2021

The former Liverpool and England midfielder replaces Dean Smith, who was sacked after five consecutive defeats.

Aston Villa chief executive 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.

“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.”

Gerrard has been Rangers manager since June 2018 and won the Scottish Premiership last season. He leaves with the club top and as they prepare for the League Cup semi-final against Hibernian on Sunday week.

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 [the owners] 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.”

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Having helped Rangers to their first league title since 2011 with the side going unbeaten, The reigning Scottish champion also expressed their gratitude to Gerrard via the club website.

“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,” said chairman Douglas Park in a statement on the club’s official website.

Rangers expressed their gratitude to Gerrard.

“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,” said chairman Douglas Park in a statement on the club’s official website.

“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.”

The former Liverpool captain who played 710 times for the reds (winning nine trophies) is due to take Villa to Anfield on 11 December and it is a match that he will fondly hold forever in his memory.

Aston Villa are 16th in the Premier League standings with 10 points – just two points above the relegation places – after 11 games.

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