Aston Villa have officially confirmed the sacking of Steven Gerrard, with the announcemnet coming just hours after their 3-0 defeat by the hands of Fulham on Thursday evening. The previous Liverpool midfielder was relentlessly targeted by the Villa fans in attendance at Craven Cottage through the latter stages of the competition, which saw his side remain one place outside the Premier League’s drop zone after picking up just nine points from 11 matches.
Numerous Villa fans had been turning against Gerrard for quite a while prior to his dismissal, with Thursday’s defeat at Fulham ultimately proving to be the ultimate nail within the coffin for the 42-year-old. His sacking was confirmed shortly after the full-time whistle in a short statement released by Villa, who will begin their seek for a latest everlasting manager sooner or later.
A club spokesperson is quoted as saying: “We would love to thank Steven for his labor and commitment and want him well for the longer term.”
Gerrard is the fourth Premier League manager to have been relieved of his duties for the reason that starting of the campaign after Scott Parker, Thomas Tuchel and Bruno Lage. He replaced Dean Smith at Villa Park in November of last yr and leaves the club after an 11-month reign, during which he guided them to a 14th-placed finish at the top of last season.
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The ex-Liverpool and England playmaker insisted in his final post-match interview as Villa manager that he wouldn’t be giving up on the job at hand unless he was told otherwise, although that conversation was eventually had lower than two hours after the full-time whistle at Craven Cottage.
“It’s tough, but I’m a person, I accept it, I understand it, I can feel the fans’ frustration, I’m frustrated with them,” Gerrard told Amazon Prime Video. “It was a troublesome night for me personally.
“We’ll see what happens, I understand the situation we’re in, I’m a fighter, I won’t ever ever quit anything, actually when it comes right down to football or anything in life. We’ll see what happens moving forward.”
When quizzed further on the subject in his post-match press conference, Gerrard added: “I’ve been sending messages to fans for the previous couple of weeks because I actually share their frustrations and pain because I’m someone who’s honest.
“I do know that they’re not having fun with it in the intervening time. I’m actually not so we’ll see what happens moving forward. You recognize and I do know we’re in a really difficult position straight away.”
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