Aston Villa have appointed Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard as their new head coach following the sacking of Dean Smith.
Gerrard is leaving Rangers, where he spent three years, to return to the Premier League. Aston Villa announced Gerrard’s appointment in a statement this Thursday. CEO Christian Purslow said of the appointment:
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.
He then took the brave decision to test himself in the intense and high pressured environment of the Scottish Old Firm. His subsequent achievement in winning the Premiership title with Glasgow Rangers really caught our eye as did his experience in Europe.
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.
Smith who took charge at Villa Park back in October 2018 and led the club to promotion back to the Premier League, was fired after five consecutive Premier League defeats.