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11th Nov 2021

Steven Gerrard confirmed as new Aston Villa manager

Aston Villa have announced Steven Gerrard as their new manager after agreeing to buy him out of his contract with Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers

Reuben Pinder

He will be the club’s highest paid manager ever

Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of Steven Gerrard as their new manager, following the sacking of Dean Smith on Sunday 7th November.

CEO Christian Purslow said: “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.”

Steven 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, 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.”

Gerrard joins the Midlands club from Rangers, whom he led to their first league title in a decade last season.

Villa agreed to buy Gerrard out of his contract with the Glasgow club, paying compensation in the region of £4 million.

Gerrard leaves Rangers top of the Scottish Premiership, four points clear of eternal enemies Celtic.

The former Liverpool captain will reportedly be Villa’s highest paid manager ever, and will be handed a huge budget to spend in January on reinforcements.

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