Steven Gerrard was named the Aston Villa head coach after signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club. Gerrard will succeed Dean Smith with the latter having lost five consecutive games. He was the manager of Rangers for three years and helped them go unbeaten in the league last season. They ended Celtic’s run of nine consecutive league titles. Garry McAllister and Michael Beale will join the Villa coaching team from Rangers.

“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,” new Aston Villa head coach Steven 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,” he added. “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.”

“It has been very clear in our discussions with him that Steven’s coaching ambitions, philosophy, and values entirely match those of Aston Villa.” Chief Executive Christian Purslow said. “We are excited he has agreed to lead us in the next phase of our ambitious plans as we look to build on the progress made since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens took over the club in 2018.”

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