Steven Gerrard touted for shock move to Champions League regulars after Aston Villa exit, as Italian great also considered

Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa, August 2022

Steven Gerrard could achieve a surprising move to a European club following his sacking by Aston Villa earlier in the season, according to a report.

Gerrard was in charge of Villa between November 2021 and October last year. Big things were expected of the former midfielder at Villa Park after his hugely successful spell with Rangers. But he failed to live up to expectations, despite the club backing him with some big transfers.

The Villa hierarchy parted ways with Gerrard less than two hours after their terrible 3-0 defeat at the hands of Fulham on October 20.

That left Villa only out of the relegation zone on goals scored, after winning just two of 12 Premier League matches.

Gerrard has been linked with the Leeds United and Poland national team jobs since his departure from Villa. There were also rumours about Paris Saint-Germain considering appointing him, though they were surely wide of the mark.

According to Sky Sports’ live transfer blog (18/04 at 16:30), which cites Greek source sport-fm, the Liverpool legend may head to Olympiacos next.

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The Greek outfit have set their sights on Gerrard amid their hunt for a big-name manager.

He is not the only legendary former midfielder being tipped to take charge at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Gennaro Gattuso has also been shortlised for the role.

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He is a free agent following his exit from Valencia in late January. The Italian had penned a two-year contract when joining Valencia last summer, but he left by mutual agreement after a disappointing spell.

It is now up to Gerrard to decide where he wants to go next as he looks to get his managerial career back on the right path. The great reputation he built up at Rangers has been tarnished somewhat by his Villa struggles.

Perhaps it would be best for the 42-year-old to reignite his career by going abroad and taking up Olympiacos’ offer. This would give him the chance to manage in European competitions again, as Olympiacos generally either qualify for the Champions League or Europa League.

Gerrard could build his confidence back up in Greece before returning to the Premier League at some point in the future.

Gerrard’s pride will have been hurt by how well Unai Emery has done since replacing him at Villa. After seven wins in their last eight matches, Emery’s men have moved up to sixth in the Prem. There is a chance they could even sneak into fourth place if their brilliant winning run continues.

Meanwhile, Villa could complete a shock raid on Manchester City for a four-time Prem champion.