Aston Villa is now completely confident of the naming Steven Gerrard on a long-term deal as their new manager, with the appointment confirmed by the end of this week.
Although nothing has been publicly stated by either club, Rangers have privately succumbed to the loss of Gerrard, who hired him in the summer of 2018. Dean Smith sacked on SundayThey immediately identified Gerrard as their number one target. Gerrard is linked to Christian Purslow, chief executive of Villa, by virtue of the latter’s tenure as Liverpool’s general manager.
compensation for Notice, which was widely reported at around £3m, would never be a problem for the Midlands club. Gerrard and his coaching staff were under Rangers contracts until 2024, but there was always an understanding that the manager could entice him with his first managerial role in the Premier League.
However, footage that surfaced on social media on Wednesday of Gerrard arriving in London by train is not believed to be linked to Villa’s scenario with the former England captain in the capital to celebrate the birthday of a close friend.
Gerrard is expected to bring coaches Michael Bale, Gary McAllister, Tom Colshaw and Jordan Melsom from Rangers to Villa. Rangers’ search for a new manager is likely to focus on unemployed candidates, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Frank Lampard among those under consideration by the current Scottish champions. Rangers currently lead Celtic by four points in the Scottish Premier League, with their next League Cup semi-final match against Hibernian on 20 November.
Gerrard’s exit will be heavily felt by the blue half of Glasgow, having finished a A decade of waiting for the title of the upper class in May. Rangers have also advanced to the last stages of the European League in successive seasons. However, the effects of Gerrard’s frustration this season have emerged.
After losing 1-0 in the Europa League to Sparta Prague, the 41-year-old said: “We were short on two Europa League matches but at this level, which is getting better year after year, if we want to keep growing and going to the extra level we need to spend Big money in the transfer windows, it’s that simple. To compete with the teams we play against, we have to spend big money. In the last two windows we didn’t spend a penny.”
Rangers then announced an annual loss of £23.5 million.