Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is nearing the end of his first season in charge of the club in the Premier League. He hopes to inspire a new culture at the club and reveals that he would like to strengthen the spine of the team. In the last six months, the former Liverpool captain has faced a few highs as well as the lows.

“We have not had a chance to breathe since we have been in. He means since November. These six months have seen ups and downs. He immediately ended the run of defeats that had preceded his arrival by winning his first two matches,” Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard said. “I don’t think anyone thought I was going to come in and automatically change Villa into a top-four team in the first six months. That is unrealistic. It is a process. We are improving as quickly as we can but it will take time.”

“One of the things I have been trying to do better is to be more balanced around results. You do have to adapt and evolve and that is what I am trying to do. But if anyone thinks my career was just a breeze and it was all up, up and up, you haven’t analyzed it properly,” he added. “We had tough moments at Liverpool, tough moments with England, tough moments with Rangers. My job is to lead from the front and reset quickly.” He wants to ask more of his team. He knows where he wants Villa to be. But he also knows where they are. You can still demand. You can still set high standards. But you also have to understand who you took over and where they are, how big the job is, and how long it is going to take.”

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