BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – Liverpool’s great Steven Gerrard will soon return to Anfield as Premier League manager.
But I’m not in charge of my childhood team.
Gerrard took over as Aston Villa manager on Thursday, ending his three-and-a-half years in Scottish football, changing Rangers’ fortunes and ending Glasgow rivals Celtic’s long-standing dominance.
This will be 41-year-old Gerrard’s first manager in England, and many expect him to lead Liverpool, who has captained him for 710 games, and is considered one of the team’s best players. .
How strange it would be for him to return to Anfield and work for another club. Villa will play their fourth game of the season against Liverpool on December 11, with a possible date on his calendar.
Villa CEO Christian Purslow said: “It was clear from talking to him that Stephen’s coaching ambitions, philosophy and values are in line with those of Aston Villa.” “We are pleased that he has agreed to lead us in the next phase of our ambitious plan.”
Villa finished 11th in the Premier League last season, but have been relegated since captain Jack Grealish was sold for an English record £ 100 million ($ 139 million).
Villa has relied heavily on one player and tried to implement a more comprehensive approach with new players, including the currently injured Danny Ings and Leon Bailey, who were bought with money from Grealish’s transfers, but that left him. The team is more open.
Villa missed their third goal of the season, losing their last five games and slipping to 16th in the 20-team league, with the decision to fire Villa’s young fan Dean Smith on Sunday.
Gerrard, who beat Rangers unbeaten in the Scottish league last season and ended Celtic’s nine-game winning streak, will make his debut for Brighton on November 20.
Gerrard is known for his fun and energetic performances, and Rangers’ performance in Europe last season saw the team win the Europa League, boosting his manager’s reputation.
Rangers lead Scotland’s top division this season, four points ahead of Celtic.
“He … made the courageous decision to test himself in the strong, high-pressure environment of the Old Scottish firm,” Purslow said. “His subsequent success in the Premier League with the Glasgow Rangers caught our attention, as did his experience in Europe.”
Gerrard, who coached Liverpool’s academy before leading Rangers in 2018, thanked the Scottish team for “giving me the opportunity to lead such a prestigious football club”.
“Helping them win the record-breaking 55th league title will always be a special place in my heart,” he said. I wish the players, staff and fans the best of luck in their future endeavors. ”