Steven Gerrard appointed as Aston Villa Manager

Dean Smith, 50, was dismissed on Sunday after a run of five successive league defeats, with Villa 16th in the table following his appointment in 2018.

Steven Gerrard appointed as Aston Villa Manager
Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has officially been appointed as Aston Villa manager.

The former Liverpool midfielder has left Rangers to join the Premier League and is believed to have signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Gerrard took over from Dean Smith who was sacked after five successive Premier League defeats.

He expressed excitement at his new role and spoke about his ambitions to take the club places.

“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 said.

“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.”