Aston Villa captain reveals how Steven Gerrard reacted at half-time of his final game
"The manager had gone through us."
Steven Gerrard has been sacked as Aston Villa manager following a 3-0 defeat to Fulham last night, and club captain John McGinn has revealed how their manager reacted at half-time.
McGinn was appointed as captain when Gerrard stripped Tyrone Mings of the responsibility; one of many factors that people believe caused fractures in the team.
Speaking to Amazon Prime last night after the match, McGinn admitted that the former Liverpool skipper was not happy at the interval.
“It’s hard to put a foot on it. Fulham started the game very well and we didn’t handle it well. We didn’t bring personality to the pitch or come to the fore. We didn’t do the basics of the game.
"At half-time the manager had gone through us and rightly so.
“The second half, we need to show a reaction and for the first few minutes, maybe, we did but then we give them the chance to play against 10 men.”
Just 90 minutes after the game was finished did news filter through that the Villains had indeed sacked their manager.
"We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future," said a Villa spokesperson as part of a very brief 41-word statement.
Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that Head Coach Steven Gerrard has left the club with immediate effect.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) October 20, 2022
In Gerrard's post-match interview, he told BBC Sport: "Inconsistency has cost us, that's the position we find ourselves in.
"I took over the team in a very similar situation. We've tried to recruit to get us out of that situation. I'm a fighter - it's in my DNA. I'll continue to fight unless I'm told differently."
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