Steven Gerrard has been announced as the new coach of Aston Villa on the football club’s official website on Thursday. Prior to his appointment as Aston Villa’s coach, the former Liverpool captain and England midfielder was the coach of Scottish Premiership football club, Glasgow Rangers. Gerrard was the coach of the Rangers since 2018 and led his team to win the Scottish Premiership title last season.
The CEO of Aston Villa football club, Christian Purslow was quoted on Villa’s website, “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 the 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.”
Gerrard was appointed Aston Villa's coach after his predecessor; Dean Smith was sacked after five consecutive defeats.
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.
“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 fortune.”