Gerrard to Aston Villa ‘all but done’ – ‘Announcement in 24-48 hours’

Date published: Wednesday 10th November 2021 2:06 - Jason Soutar

Steven Gerrard during an interview

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is poised to replace Dean Smith at Aston Villa, with an announcement due in the next 24-48 hours, according to reports.

Birmingham Live journalist Ashley Preece claims Gerrard is finalising his move to Villa Park, with talks over his backroom staff ongoing.

Preece adds that Villa chief executive Christian Purslow is “set to get his man”.

Gerrard should grab Aston Villa chance while he can

On top of this, multiple reports suggest that Gerrard is the Premier League club’s number one target, and that he is close to switching Govan for Birmingham.

The Daily Record claim Villa ‘are on the brink’ of landing Gerrard and could complete the deal in the coming days.

Furthermore, The Guardian reported that Villa will approach Rangers in the next 48 hours for permission to speak to Gerrard, while reports in Scotland claim the move could be made on Wednesday following ‘frantic negotiations’ behind the scenes.

A compensation package of around £2million will have to be paid to Rangers to lure him away, but that shouldn’t be a problem for the Villa owners.

Gerrard has done a tremendous job at Rangers. He joined the Glasgow club in 2018, guiding them to the Europa League group stage in his first season in charge.

The 41-year-old went one better in the following seasons, reaching the last 16 of the competition in 2019/20 and 20/21.

On top of that, Gerrard guided the Gers to their first Scottish league title in ten years last term, going unbeaten in the process.

The title win – the 55th in their history – put a stop to Celtic’s attempts of winning a tenth championship in a row.

He has reached one cup final with Rangers, losing to their arch-rivals in December 2019; meaning the league title last term is the only trophy Gerrard has won in Scotland.

In terms of the Aston Villa job, the Liverpool legend will look to instantly turn their form around with the team 16th in the Premier League having lost five matches in a row.

Next up for the Villans is Brighton at home on November 20.

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