Steven Gerrard is expected to be named Aston Villa’s new manager with a two and a half year contract.
The Villa is ready to finalize a deal to appoint the Rangers boss in the next 48 hours, with a salary of between 3.25-4 million pounds agreed with the Scottish club for Gerrard and his assistant Gary McAllister.
Gerrard, 41, has led Rangers since June 2018 and led the club to the Scottish Premiership title last season, ending Celtic’s nine-year reign as champion.
Villa moved quickly to appoint a new manager after sacking Dean Smith on Sundayafter a five-game losing streak in the Premier League.
The club sits in 16th place in the Premier League standings, two points above the relegation zone after 11 games of their campaign.
Gerrard’s first match on the bench will be the Premier League match against Brighton on 20 November.
The former Liverpool captain dined Wednesday night in London with Villa CEO Christian Purslow.
Discussions are underway for the rest of Gerrard’s behind-the-scenes staff to join him at Villa Park, while Smith’s coaching staff are expected to leave the club in due course.
Villa announced the departure of Craig Shakespeare, assistant head coach under Smith, on Monday.
‘Leading candidate of Gerrard Villa’
Rob Dorsett, Sky Sports News reporter:
“It has been pretty clear in the past 24 hours or so that Steven Gerrard wants this move to happen.
“Aston Villa sacked Dean Smith on Sunday and said they would take a couple of days to consider their options. We know Roberto Martinez was on their shortlist, as was Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark manager, but he’s always it seemed Gerrard was their main candidate, the favorite man Villa wanted to name.
“There are one or two legal details to clarify, but we expect Gerrard to be appointed manager of Aston Villa in the next 48 hours. [from Thursday morning], it might as well be earlier.
“This is great, great news. We’re talking about two of Britain’s biggest clubs: Rangers, one of the biggest clubs north of the border, which has lost their manager, and Aston Villa, one of the most major Premier League clubs, earning Steven Gerrard.
“Add to this that Steven Gerrard is a stellar name as a former Liverpool and England midfielder, and you have all the ingredients for a great story.”
‘Gerrard would be an exciting date’
Former Villa defender Richard Dunne believes that, despite his relative inexperience, Gerrard would make a strong appointment from the club.
Dunne said Sky Sports News: “I think it’s very exciting. He’s a young manager and he hasn’t been in the game very long, but what he did to Rangers was exceptional.
“The way he holds himself in terms of professionalism has been brilliant and he has led that club very well since he has been there.
“He won the championship and has that experience of European football, so I think it would be an exciting appointment for the Villa fans.”
Emile Heskey, who spent three years at the Villa as a player, also believes Gerrard would be a successful date.
“He did U18 and now football in the first team, and not only did he do it, but he did a fantastic job. Not only a fantastic job at the national level but also in Europe,” said Heskey. Sky Sports News.
“This is a key thing. He has earned the stripes. You can see why the clubs have looked at him and the leadership he brings to the players on and around the club.
“I understand him perfectly, he’s a fantastic manager and his teams are going out there and winning games.”
Sky Sports expert Paul Merson, who spent four fruitful years as a player at Villa Park between 1998 and 2002, Mercedes Gerrard ran a “huge club” in Rangers, but believes opportunities like this rarely arise.
“Everyone wants to train in the Premier League. This does not disrespect the Scottish Premier League. Rangers and Celtic are bigger clubs than probably half the teams in the Premier League.
“But it’s the Premier League, and when you start directing, I’m sure in people’s minds if I could get a job like Aston Villa – wow.
“Management is all about timing. If you’re rolling and you’re the flavor of the month, you need to take the opportunity.
“Years ago, when Sir Alex Ferguson was coming towards the end of his time at Manchester United, it was whether Steve Bruce or Mark Hughes would succeed him. If either of them had won 10 at the trot during that time, he would probably have gotten the job.
“It’s all about timing and I don’t see how many times jobs like Aston Villa come up. I’ve been lucky enough to play for Aston Villa for four years, this is a great football team, a great football team.
“If you live in the Midlands, I think you appreciate it more than people in London, Manchester or Liverpool, but make no mistake, it’s a huge club. If Aston Villa comes knocking, it’s a great opportunity.”
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