Steven Gerrard: Aston Villa and manager part ways after heavy defeat at Fulham

Steven Gerrard: Aston Villa and manager part ways after heavy defeat at Fulham

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has left the club following Thursday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Fulham.

A club spokesman said: “We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future.”

Villa have won just twice in the league this season and only sit above the relegation zone on goals scored.

Gerrard succeeded Dean Smith as Villa manager in November 2021 after leaving his role at Rangers.

But the former England and Liverpool midfielder, 42, led Villa to only 13 wins from 40 games during his 11 months in charge.

In his time at Villa he signed some high-profile players including Barcelona forward Phillipe Coutinho, Sevilla defender Diego Carlos and French midfielder Boubacar Kamara, who had been linked with some of Europe’s top sides.

However Carlos suffered a serious ankle injury on his home debut and Kamara is expected to be out until the new year with a knee ligament injury sustained against Southampton last month.

In the summer Gerrard removed England defender Tyrone Mings as captain and replaced him with Scotland’s John McGinn – who has made a poor start to the season.

Gerrard’s assistant Michael Beale, who had been with him since Rangers, left Villa in the summer to become QPR manager.

Gerrard took his first steps in senior management with Rangers in 2018 and guided the club to their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years.

Prior to that, he coached within Liverpool’s academy before managing the under-18 team during the 2017-18 season.

Gerrard played 710 times for Liverpool, winning nine trophies, and spent a season at MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015 before retiring as a player the following year.

He is England’s fourth-most capped player with 114 international appearances, in which he scored 21 goals.

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