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Aston Villa release brief statement as Steven Gerrard sacked after four-match winless run

Steven Gerrard, September 2022

Steven Gerrard has been sacked by Aston Villa amid the club’s poor start to the Premier League season.

Aston Villa spent big in the summer, backing Gerrard by bringing in top players such as Diego Carlos, Leander Dendoncker and Boubacar Kamara. However, they have won just two of their 11 league matches so far.

The Villans were beaten 3-0 by Fulham at Craven Cottage on Thursday night, which took their winless run to four matches. And this was the final straw for the Aston Villa owners as they released a brief statement confirming Gerrard’s departure.

It reads: ‘Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that Head Coach Steven Gerrard has left the club with immediate effect.’

A club spokesman said: “We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future.”

Following the defeat to Fulham, Gerrard looked dejected. He had been booed by his own fans and knew his job was under huge threat.

“It’s tough. I’m a man, I accept it, I feel their frustrations, I’m frustrated. It was a tough night for me personally,” Gerrard admitted during a post-match interview.

“We will see what happens. I’m a fighter, I will never, ever quit anything whether it’s football or in life.”

Steven Gerrard could be replaced by big name

The former midfielder is now a free agent. He will have been hoping to impress in the Villa role before potentially returning to Anfield as a manager in the future.

But things have not worked out and Gerrard will have to decide his next managerial role carefully.

Villa, meanwhile, will begin the search for the Englishman’s replacement. They have been heavily linked with former Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

However, a report claims Pochettino has concerns about four Villa players, which could jeopardise the pursuit.