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Aston Villa appoints Steven Gerrard as new coach

Steven Gerrard

Aston Villa has appointed Steven Gerrard as manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal, ending his three-year reign at Rangers. According to the BBC.

The former Liverpool captain, 41, leaves Rangers having guided them to a first league title in 10 years last season.

Gerrard replaces Dean Smith, who was sacked on Sunday after a run of five successive defeats.

Villa are 16th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone.

Gerrard took his first steps in senior management with Scottish Premiership side Rangers in 2018 and leaves with them four points clear of rivals Celtic at the top of the table.

He played 710 times for Liverpool, winning nine trophies, and spent a season at MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015 before retiring as a player the following year.

He coached at Liverpool’s youth academy before managing the under-18 team during the 2017-18 season.