Stiliyan Petrov excited by Gerrard’s winning mentality

Sat 13 November 2021 | 11:14

The former Aston Villa player believes the new manager can turn things around at Villa Park.

Aston Villa


Steven Gerrard to replace Dean Smith at Villa Park last week. The Liverpool legend takes over his first managerial job in the Premier League after spending a successful stint at Rangers.

Former Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov believes Gerrard can bring his winning mentality to the club.

"[Gerrard brings a] winning mentality,"

Petrov told

Stats Perform. "I mean, you can see the way he manages, you can see the way he demands from the club.

"He made Glasgow Rangers a very solid, competitive, aggressive team, which was very hard to beat. Everybody they played against found it really difficult. So I'm sure he's going to do that with Aston Villa.

"The way he manages, the demands he has through the work process, on the training ground and in the games, will set the high targets for not just for the club but for the players, because sometimes you need that kind of manager to demand and set up different targets, a different voice in the club.

"And he showed that he won't stop until he succeeds, and his managerial journey has started very well so far."

Gerrard won Rangers' first league title in ten years last season, breaking many club records in the process. The 41-year-old is tasked to save Villa from relegation as they sit 16th in the Premier League with ten points from their 11 matches.

"It is an exciting appointment, I think,"

Petrov said.

"I think everybody knows Steven Gerrard as a player [and] what he achieved as a player in the Premier League. He became an icon for the Premier League as a player, and he started his coaching journey in a completely different way.

"He wanted to become the best. He took on an incredible project at Glasgow Rangers. I think he kind of succeeded.

"He managed to change the mentality and the way the club is thinking now is as a club, and he's been given an opportunity to manage another huge team, which is a great opportunity to go back to the Premier League and show what he can do."

Gerrard will make his Premier League managerial debut against Brighton on Saturday. The Villa will then face Crystal Palace in their next game on November 27.

source: SportMob

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