Rangers seek new boss

Gerrard leaves Ibrox to take over at Aston Villa

Steven Gerrard

Exit: Steven Gerrard (pic: SNS Group)

Steven Gerrard has become Aston Villa’s new manager, the Liverpool legend waving goodbye to Rangers for a return to the English Premier League.

Gerrard has signed a three-and-a-half year deal to replace Dean Smith who left the Midlands club last week after a run of five league defeats.

Villa owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, as well as chief executive Christian Purslow, previously managing director at Liverpool, have been impressed by the job Gerrard did at Ibrox, his first in management. 

He steered them to their first league title in a decade – the club’s 55th – ending Celtic’s bid for ten-in-a-row, and completing the Premiership season unbeaten.

Gerrard, 41, was under contract at Ibrox until 2024 and a compensation package said to be £4.5 million was agreed with the Scottish champions.

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