Aston Villa appoint former Liverpool Captain Gerrard as new coach

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Gerrard unveiled by AVFC on Thursday 

Aston Villa appoint former Liverpool Captain Gerrard as new coach

Aston Villa FC of England have appointed former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as their new coach.

Gerrard who signed a three-and-a-half year managerial deal with Premier League club, replaces Dean Smith, the club’s ex-coach who was sacked on Sunday after a run of five successive defeats.

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The appointment brings the former midfielder’s three-year managerial reign at Scottish Premiership side, Rangers to an abrupt end.

Gerrard who guided the Scottish champions to a first league title in 10 years last season, now takes up a new challenge in the English topflight.

41-years old Gerrard, an England and Liverpool legend, won nine trophies while at Anfield.

“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,” said Gerrard.

“In my conversations with Nassef [Sawiris], Wes [Edens] 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.”

Gerrard took his first steps in senior management with Rangers in 2018, and leaves with them four points clear of rivals Celtic at the top of the table.

Meanwhile, Gerrard’s new team, Villa are 16th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone.

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