English Premier League struggling side Aston Villa have appointed former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard as their new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal, ending his three-year reign at Rangers. The former 41-year-old Liverpool captain has now departed his former Scottish champions Rangers to join the club.
Steven Garrard was able to guide the Scottish side to a first league title in 10 years last season. Gerrard replaces Dean Smith, who was sacked on Sunday after a run of five successive defeats. Villa currently sits in the 16th place position in the Premier League table, two points above the relegation zone.
Why Steven Gerrard Chose Aston Villa
Speaking on the appointment, 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 [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.”
Steven 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. It is believed that the Englishman has decided to accept the deal so that he will be close to Liverpool and he has also signed a three and half year contract which means his deal with the club will expire when Jurgen Klopp deals with Liverpool will expire.
Gerrard is England’s fourth-most capped player with 114 international appearances, in which he scored 21 goals.