Steven Gerrard believes his new job as Aston Villa head coach is a risky one but was too big to turn down. He believes that he and his team will do their best to avoid any noise over the next month about his return to Anfield. Gerrard will succeed Dean Smith who was sacked after five consecutive defeats. The Liverpool legend signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

“Aston Villa sells itself – an iconic football club,” new Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard said. “I know [it] pretty well from the outside, and I’m very much excited to get involved inside and start building relationships. I like a challenge. I like a risk. It’s something I’m really looking forward to getting into. This club will suit me because I know the fans are very passionate and there’s a demand and pressure to win. That’s something I’ve lived with since I was 17.”

“I was first aware of Aston Villa’s interest on Wednesday, I had a call from my representation, and when the phone call sunk in, I wanted this to happen very quickly because first and foremost the opportunity was too big,” Gerrard added. “From there it happened really quick. Credit to Villa, the speed they got things done. Not just me, the staff that I’m bringing as well. I must also pay my respects to Rangers, who were very professional in the deals as well. Very crazy. Very quick. But when you’re in that situation, the last thing you want is for it to drag out.”

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