Ally McCoist laments lack of manners from Steven Gerrard ahead of Aston Villa appointment

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Rangers legend Ally McCoist believes Steven Gerrard has shown a lack of manners ahead of his appointment as the new Aston Villa manager. Gerrard is set to take over at Villa Park following the sacking of Dean Smith on Sunday. The Liverpool legend is set to leave Rangers after over three years at the helm.

Gerrard led the Ibrox club to their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years last season.

Rangers went the entire league campaign unbeaten and are four points clear of Celtic at the top after 13 matches this term.

But it appears Gerrard’s time in Glasgow is coming to an end.

However, McCoist believes there should already have been a statement from all three parties to make the fans aware of what is going on.

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He says it would have been good manners from Gerrard to give the Rangers fans more notice of his exit.

McCoist said on talkSPORT: “Do you know what I think? I think we’ve reached the stage [where] everybody, fans of both clubs, deserve a wee bit of notice now.

“Villa fans and the Rangers fans deserve maybe a quote from Aston Villa, a quote from Rangers, and indeed a quote from Steven. I think it’s just manners.”

McCoist does not think Gerrard will have trouble gaining respect from the Villa squad.

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He added: “The one major plus, or the one thing he’s got ahead of most modern coaches and managers, is he’s got the respect immediately because of what he did as a player, and what he did last year at Rangers where they were excellent.

“Make no mistake about it, I don’t care what anybody says, to go through that league campaign undefeated was a great achievement.”

Villa are currently 16th in the Premier League having lost seven of their opening 11 matches this season.

Former Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Gerrard would be the perfect appointment.

“I’m hearing reports that it’s close to being done,” Agbonlahor said.

“I think for Gerrard it’s the perfect club. It gets him to the Premier League. Top club, fifth richest owners in the Premier League – they’ll give him money in January if needed.

“And look at the squad – that’s a squad of players that should be fighting to get into the top six.”

“It’ll be a shame for Rangers, because he did an outstanding job there.

“When I watch Rangers, they look organised. You see Gerrard’s passion on the side.

“I’m excited for these Villa players if he comes. When he steps in the building, he’s got their respect already.

“Gerrard is no-nonsense, as a player and a manager.”

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