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Official: Steven Gerrard becomes the new Aston Villa manager

Official: Steven Gerrard becomes the new Aston Villa manager

Gerrard takes Dean Smith’s hotseat

Following the sacking of Dean Smith on Sunday, Aston Villa have moved quickly to announce ex-Liverpool legend and former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard as his replacement.

In a statement, the club said:

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.

Gerrard himself added:

“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.”

Frank Lampard to follow?

One of the most iconic on-pitch rivalries in Premier League history was that between Gerrard and former Chelsea standout Frank Lampard. Now, they may be set to do battle once more, this time in the dugout.

This comes as Lampard is tipped for the vacant Norwich City job, which Daniel Farke was removed from just hours after getting his first win of the season last weekend.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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5 Arsenal FC 14 -3 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 -4 22
7 Manchester United 14 0 21
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 0 21
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16 Southampton FC 14 -7 15
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Raphinha Leeds United 6
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King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 5
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