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Former Aston Villa man thinks stars could align for familiar face to succeed Steven Gerrard

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard (left) and assistant Michael Beale

Former Aston Villa star Lee Hendrie wants ex-assistant Michael Beale to take the vacant manager’s job, and explained why he believes he’d thrive in the role.

Steven Gerrard’s time at Aston Villa has come to an end less than a year after he took the job. The former Liverpool star took over from Dean Smith, and was expected to elevate Villa to new heights.

Indeed, Gerrard had seen success in his short time as a manager. He inspired Rangers to their first Scottish Premiership triumph in 10 years.

That achievement was likely the reason for Villa opting for him given the scale of the title win amid Celtic’s dominance.

When Gerrard’s managerial career at Villa was in its infancy, things looked to be going well. Of the first four games he took charge, Villa won three, only losing to Manchester City, who eventually won the league.

However, form dropped off dramatically after that period. Villa ended up falling to a 14th-placed finish, three places lower than they had finished under Smith in the previous campaign.

Gerrard was then given a summer transfer window to improve the squad where he saw fit. The signings he made looked, on the surface, to have fit into the squad nicely.

Indeed, Gerrard made Philippe Coutinho’s loan move permanent and also signed Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos – each of those men have played Champions League football.

However, Villa have struggled for results up to this point in the season. While injuries to Kamara and Carlos have not helped matters, the Villans have simply not been good enough.

Indeed, after winning just two league games this season, Gerrard was dismissed.

Hendrie wants familiar face

Former Villa star Hendrie has made it known that he wants to see a familiar face at Villa take on the role.

“I would love someone like [Michael] Beale, would strive to take the club forwards,” he told Sky Sports.

“Him knowing the football club, someone like that would be a good introduction to taking over.

“Having him alongside Steven is a massive help. He’s got the experience. Now he’s at QPR, and been fantastic.”

Indeed, Beale was Gerrard’s assistant at Villa Park, before he took the top job at Queens Park Rangers.

As such, it is clear that he knows the club and most of the players very well.

Beale may not want Villa move

Clearly, Beale is having a big impact at QPR. The Englishman has inspired his side to the top of the Championship, having won eight of their 15 games so far this term.

As such, there is a good chance he wants to remain in charge at Loftus Road.

Furthermore, Beale was wanted for another Premier League side’s job. Indeed, Wolves offered him the chance to manage them, though he turned it down.

Wolves are on the same points total as Villa and are only in the drop zone instead due to the amount of goals they have scored this campaign. That will not be have been an enticing prospect for Beale, and may not be at Villa either.

However, given the QPR boss has previously worked with a lot of the Villa players, he may be more inclined to think about the job.

Whether or not that is the case remains to be seen, but the stars could align and lead to him returning.