Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Steven Gerrard as the club’s new head coach, signing a three-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park.
Gerrard has been confirmed as Dean Smith’s successor following the latter’s dismissal last week, Smith departing following a run of five consecutive Premier League defeats.
Gerrard arrives at Villa following a successful spell in charge of Rangers, having guided the club to a drought-breaking Scottish Premiership title in unbeaten fashion last season.
The former Liverpool captain has thanked Rangers for the opportunity at Ibrox, before revealing his pride at being handed an opportunity to bring success to Villa.
“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,” Gerrard told the club’s official website.
“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. 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.”
According to Sky Sports, compensation of between £3.25-4m has been agreed with the Scottish champions for both Gerrard and his assistant Gary McAllister.
Gerrard’s first fixture in charge will be the Premier League meeting with Brighton on November 20, with his task to revive Villa’s faltering fortunes with the club currently just two points outside the Premier League’s relegation places.
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