Gerrard back to EPL as Aston Villa new boss

Aston Villa has announced the appointment of Steven Gerrard as their new manager.

The Liverpool legend, 41, is set for a return to Anfield next month.

The announcement comes after the Villans parted ways with Dean Smith earlier this month after he oversaw a run of five league defeats on the bounce to leave the West Midlands club hovering above the relegation zone on 16th position.

Gerrard was Villa’s No 1 target to fill the vacancy, with the club’s owners, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, as well Chief Executive, Christian Purslow, impressed by the job Gerrard has done at Ibrox, his first in management.

His Villa side takes on Liverpool at Anfield on December 11, which will be Gerrard’s first return to Merseyside since leaving the club in 2015.

Gerrard won the Scottish Premiership title last term, breaking Celtic’s sequence of nine in a row and going the entire league season unbeaten, and although he has shown fierce loyalty to the club, he has decided to embrace the challenge on offer at Villa Park. Rangers have been paid £2.5million in compensation.

Gerrard was the leading name on Villa’s managerial shortlist that contained Brentford boss Thomas Frank and Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand – although the latter insisted he had no interest in taking the job.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was also a candidate, although he had reservations about the job.



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