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Tim Sherwood getting flashbacks, with Gerrard on one-way street to Aston Villa sack due to big mistake

Steven Gerrard, September 2022

Steven Gerrard will soon get the sack as Aston Villa manager unless he stops being “too honest” and trying to protect his players, Tim Sherwood claims.

Gerrard was one of the most exciting managerial arrivals in the Premier League last season when he replaced Dean Smith. The former Liverpool great left Rangers, where he ended Celtic’s grip on Scottish football in style.

Gerrard enjoyed a mixed first half-season in charge, with Villa ending the season 14th in the top flight.

And after significant summer investment, the expectations for the 42-year-old rose again.

But, after just one win, a draw and four defeats from six Premier League games this season, the heat is rising on Gerrard.

Former Villa and Tottenham manager Sherwood has now admitted that he has been in Gerrard’s shoes before. The 53-year-old therefore urged the current Villa boss to choose his words in press conferences carefully.

“I’m surprised at the start they’ve made,” Sherwood told the Daily Mirror. “When Stevie came into the club I was really taken by him.

“He’s authentic, always speaks the truth and almost too honest at times.

“I did the same, always wore my heart on my sleeve. But it takes its toll in the end and you end up losing your job.

“He’s trying to take the pressure off the players, but you do that, the pressure will come to you.”

Aston Villa suffer poor form

Villa opened their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Bournemouth, which set the alarm bells ringing straight away.

While a 2-1 win over Everton somewhat settled those nerves, three successive defeats have followed.

Although, a 1-1 draw with Manchester City showed there could yet be life in Gerrard’s reign at Villa.

But, given their previous form against teams they should be aiming to beat – the likes of Crystal Palace, West Ham and Bournemouth – Gerrard will have to do a lot more to convince fans.

They return to action against Leicester on Saturday at the King Power Stadium.

Gerrard tenure one to watch

Gerrard has orchestrated a number of key recent decisions this season which are all factoring into the pressure on the manager’s shoulders.

He went big early this summer and tied Philippe Coutinho to a long-term deal following his impressive loan spell from Barcelona last season.

However, Villa are yet to see the former Liverpool midfielder recreate that top form this term.

Elsewhere, Gerrard stripped Tyrone Mings of the captaincy and handed it to John McGinn. The spotlight has therefore been on where the leadership is coming from at Villa Park.

But as for the whole team, there are definite concerns about a lack of identity. Gerrard came in and stated he was to implement an exciting brand of football.

However, fans are yet to see the fruits of that – and Gerrard is seemingly running out of time to prove his worth.

After clashes with Arsenal and City in their opening few games, Villa now play Leicester, Southampton, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.

If Gerrard cannot inspire his side to more points in that run, his tenure may be up.