Aston Villa appoint Steven Gerrard as new boss with switch from Rangers complete

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Steven Gerrard has been appointed as Aston Villa's new manager after completing a switch from Rangers.

The Liverpool icon emerged as Villa's number one target earlier this week following the sacking of Dean Smith.

Gerrard is believed to have signed a three-and-a-half-year deal and is expected to bring assistants Tommy Culshaw and Gary McAllister – who have been working under him at Ibrox – to Birmingham.

The former Liverpool and England skipper led Rangers to their 55th Scottish Premier League title last season, and the club's first since 2011.

The Gers secured the title with six matches to play – the earliest it's ever been won – and ended the season undefeated.

The move to Villa Park sees Gerrard return to the Premier League for the first time since he left Liverpool to join LA Galaxy in 2015 – a year on from his infamous slip against Chelsea.

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.

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"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.”

After a run of five-straight league defeats, Villa find themselves nervously peering over their shoulder at the relegation zone.

Gerrard will be tasked with steering the club away from the foot of the table, and with getting the best out of Villa's expensive summer signings, who haven't really hit the ground running.

There will be a few familiar faces for Gerrard at Villa, including former Liverpool team-mate Danny Ings as well as Ashley Young, who he played alongside with England.

He'll also link up with former Liverpool managing director, and current Villa CEO Christian Purslow.

Purslow added: “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.”

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