ASTON Villa have reportedly stepped up efforts to bring in coach Steven Gerrard and hope to appoint the former Liverpool captain as their new coach this weekend. This was reported by the Daily Mail on Thursday (11/11).
Following Dean Smith’s sacking, Villa is awaiting a new coach for Saturday’s home game against Brighton.
Villa general manager Christian Purslow, who previously worked with Gerrard at Anfield, was involved in the approach. He’s been trying to find a coach since Smith was sacked.
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He would have the discretion to convince the owners of Villa that Gerrard and his coaching staff are ready to move after a deal is struck between the two clubs.
The former England international has been credited with revitalizing Rangers and last season led the club to their first Scottish League title in a decade.
Coaching Villa, who currently sits 16th in the table after conceding five straight losses, clearly presents an interesting challenge for the 41-year-old coach.
Gerrard, currently, is still under contract with Rangers until 2024. However, there is little the Scottish giants can do if Villa pays out £ 2.5million (around Rp 48bn) in compensation. (Ant / OL-1)