Former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard has become the head coach of Aston Villa. Before that, Gerrard worked as a coach at the Scottish Rangers.
Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and traditions in English football, and I am immensely proud to become its new head coach. In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the Board, it became apparent how ambitious their plans for the club are, and I look forward to helping them achieve their goals.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone connected with Rangers for allowing me to manage such an iconic football club. Winning a record 55th championship will always hold a special place in my heart. I want to wish the players, staff and fans all the best for the future,” Stevie G said.
“Since moving into coaching after a brilliant playing career, Steven has started by managing and developing the best young players in the Liverpool Academy, which is an experience we highly value at Aston Villa. Then he made a bold decision to test himself in the tense environment of the old Scottish firm. Winning the Premier League title with Glasgow Rangers caught our attention, as did his experience in Europe. During our conversations with him, it became clear that Stephen’s coaching ambitions, philosophy and values completely coincide with ours. We are delighted that he has agreed to lead Aston Villa in the next phase of our ambitious plans, as we hope to build on the progress made since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens joined the club in 2018,” said CEO Christian Purslow.
Steven Gerrard led Glasgow Rangers to the Scottish Championship last season, finishing the campaign unbeaten in the league. Gerrard, 41, took charge of Rangers in 2018 after working as an Academy coach at Liverpool.