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Sam Allardyce attributes Steven Gerrard failings to key reason; compares sacking to his own experience

Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa, October 2022

Former Premier League manager Sam Allardyce has attributed the Steven Gerrard sacking at Aston Villa to the lack of a Jack Grealish-type star.

Gerrard’s time at Aston Villa never truly lived up to the hype expected. Indeed, fans thought he could elevate them to another level after he led Rangers to their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years.

However, Gerrard never really had managed any fantastic achievements at Villa Park. In his first season, he led Villa to a 14th-placed finish.

That was three places lower than Dean Smith managed the season prior, and he got the sack not long after. In total, Gerrard managed just 13 wins from 40 games in charge of the Villans.

This season, Villa got off to a poor start. Indeed, they lost two of their first three league games, including a 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Bournemouth on the opening day.

So far this campaign, Villa have only won twice in the Premier League, against Southampton and Everton. The only other real positive was a 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

Gerrard simply has not inspired his side to enough encouraging performances, though.

The final nail in the coffin was a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Fulham. That left the Villans in the precarious position of 17th, only hovering above the drop zone because of the amount of goals they have scored.

Allardyce thinks lack of stars caused Gerrard sacking

Former Premier League manager Allardyce thinks a lack of star players has caused Villa’s downfall, and eventually Gerrard’s sacking. Indeed, he cited Grealish leaving the club as the main reason for Villa struggling.

“I have to say this, we’re only as good as the players we manage and there is one major factor that Dean Smith suffered and now Steven Gerrard has – there’s no Jack Grealish,” he said on the Keys and Gray Podcast.

“There is a major difference in results at Aston Villa since Jack Grealish was sold.”

While Grealish was a focal point for Villa, Gerrard never had him to call upon. As such, the fact that he left the club has little bearing on Gerrard’s sacking.

Allardyce also compared Gerrard’s situation to one from his own managerial career.

“That one iconic player makes such a difference for a club like Aston Villa, as is the same with Wilfried Zaha who I managed at Crystal Palace,” he said.

Villa simply not good enough

Villa have simply not been good enough during Gerrard’s time in charge. While Grealish left the club in the summer of 2021, it is not as if the club have not replaced him.

Gerrard brought in Philippe Coutinho, who was one of Europe’s hottest talents not long ago. He hit the ground running in a Villa shirt, contributing to four goals in his first three games at the club.

He went missing not long after, though, only managing four goal contributions in his next 16 games last campaign. This season, he has not had enough of an impact either – he is yet score or assist.

A lot of Villa’s players have not been good enough this season, either. Indeed, there are only three men that have scored more than one goal so far.

Perhaps the poor performances have been because of the management. That much will be evident when a new man takes on the task of hauling Villa away from the bottom three.