Steven Gerrard: Aston Villa sacks manager


Steven Gerrard: Aston Villa sacks manager


Steven Gerrard sacked by Aston Villa

Aston Villa have sacked Steven Gerrard as their head coach with immediate effect.

Gerrard sacking was announced following Villa’s 3-0 hammering at the hands of Fulham.

The 42-year-old was appointed last November and guided the club to a 14th place finish in the Premier League.

“Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that Head Coach Steven Gerrard has left the club with immediate effect,” a statement read.

“We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future,” a club spokesman said.

The former Rangers boss was appointed Villa’s head coach in November 2021, replacing Dean Smith.

Gerrard in his post-match press conference, following the Fulham loss said “he will not quit” as Villa’s head coach.

“I’ve been sending messages to the fans for the last few weeks because I certainly share their frustration and their pain.

“I’m someone who is honest. I know that they’re not enjoying it at the moment. I’m certainly not, so we’ll see what happens moving forward. But you know and I know I’m in a very difficult position right now.

“The performance was miles away from what I want, expect and stand for. I understand the fans’ frustration and it was so far from how we looked at the weekend. We’re in this situation, I’m in it to face the tough questions because the reality is it’s not good enough for the club.

“Those decisions are out of my control. I have been around the game a long time, I understand the situation and won’t sugarcoat the situation or give anyone false lines. I want to be as honest as I can.

“We’ll see what happens moving forwards. But football is in my DNA and quitting is certainly not, so we’ll see what happens moving forwards.”

Gerrard becomes the fourth Premier League manager to be sacked this season, following Bournemouth’s Scott Parker, Chelsea‘s Thomas Tuchel and Wolves’s Bruno Lage.