Gerrard admits the Villa job comes with "demand and a pressure to win"

Mon 15 November 2021 | 12:20

The Liverpool legend has been appointed as Aston Villa’s new head coach as he returns to the Premier League.

Aston Villa


Steven Gerrard as their new boss after sacking Dean Smith last week. The former


player has spent a successful spell at the Scottish Premiership side Rangers and looks forward to taking the next step in his managerial career.

"For me, it was about starting from the beginning and putting the blocks in place; really learning from the start, going away from the cameras initially, taking the youth team at Liverpool, they were a big support to me.

"That gave me a couple of years of real pitch experience, to get comfortable preparing sessions, delivering sessions and leading the team.

"And then obviously the Rangers opportunity came, which was really big, again, another iconic club.

"And for me, I like a challenge, I like a risk, and it's something I'm really looking forward to getting in to."

Gerrard led Rangers to their first league title in ten years, breaking many club and league records in the process. Liverpool fans hope to see the Anfield hero return to their club as a coach one day, but Gerrard says he is focused on his role at the Villa Park.

He added:

"I think this club will suit me because I know the fans are very passionate. I know there's a demand and a pressure here to win, that's something I've lived with since I was 17-18 years of age.

"So, for me, it's about making everyone come together and be unified, and I believe we can do exciting things together."

Gerrard is tasked with improving the Villa as they have slipped way down the league table. Having collected ten points from their first 11 games of the season, Aston Villa sit 16th in the Premier League. 

Asked what has motivated him to join the West Midlands side, Gerrard responded: 

"I think Aston Villa sells itself,"

he added.

"An iconic football club that I know pretty well from the outside and I'm very much excited to get involved inside and start building relationships, get on the training pitch and get started.

"The excitement levels are really, really high. I'm very hungry, very ambitious and the start can't come quickly enough."

Gerrard will make his Premier League managerial debut against


on Saturday.

source: SportMob

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