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Aston Villa are reportedly targetting an ambitious move to make Mauricio Pochettino their recent manager because the club increasingly loses patience with current boss Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool legend has didn’t get the perfect out of a talented group of players at Villa Park and is now the bookies’ overwhelming favourite to be the subsequent manager to be sacked within the Premier League. 

Gerrard has overseen a poor begin to the campaign for the Birmingham side, with the club sitting sixteenth within the division after picking up just nine points from their opening ten games. The club’s supporters have criticised the previous England star for a spread of matters – but the largest grip is the 42-year-old’s failure to get the perfect out of a squad that features the likes of Philippe Coutinho, John McGinn and Ollie Watkins. 

The upcoming fixtures against Fulham and Brentford are massive for his managerial future, with any slip-up more likely to spell the top of his year-long stint on the club. 

Now, The Telegraph have reported that Villa will turn to Pochettino in the event that they do resolve to sack Gerrard. The club are said to be ‘prepared to maneuver heaven and earth’ to persuade the 50-year-old to hitch in what’s a hugely ambitious attempt.

The Argentine has coached a few of the perfect players on this planet at Tottenham and PSG over the past six years and is more likely to need a substantial amount of persuading to present up on that to hitch the Premier League strugglers.

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The hunt for a recent manager will likely be lead by co-owner Nassef Sawiris, with fellow shareholder Wes Edens, chief executive Christian Purslow and sporting director Johan Lange all having a say in the method. The quartet are said to be prepared to attend for Pochettino if he shows an interest but have also solid their eye on coaches elsewhere. 

Former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is one other ambitious goal into consideration, as is former Arsenal manager Unai Emery. The club usually are not keen to maneuver Gerrard on until they’ve found a alternative, meaning he may very well be granted a stay of execution as their hunt pans out. 

The previous Rangers boss has turn out to be a deeply unpopular figure with fans at Villa Park over the course of this season, with the club’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea this weekend the ultimate straw for a lot of despite an improved performance. Chants of ‘you’re getting sacked within the morning’ may very well be heard throughout Sunday’s encounter, something Gerrard has conceded that he was aware of. 

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“I’d be silly not to pay attention to where we’re at and accept that,” he said during his post-match interview. “I won’t hide from criticism.

“I used to be aware of all of the shouts which got here from behind the bench, but I do not think all of them were directed at me from a private perspective. I heard a bunch signing from the Holte End, I’m aware of all of it. But I even have to simply accept it and check out to do all the things I can to vary the best way they’re feeling.” 

It stays to be seen how long Gerrard will remain at Villa Park however it looks increasingly clear that his time on the club is proscribed because the Villans start tentatively trying to find a recent boss. 


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