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I think Aston Villa sells itself - Gerrard

───   MORGAN PIEK 14:00 Tue, 16 Nov 2021

I think Aston Villa sells itself - Gerrard | News Article
Gary McAllister and Steven Gerrard - Aston Villa

The former Liverpool and England captain, Steven Gerrard, has opened up about his appointment as the new Aston Villa coach for the first time.

The former midfielder was appointed as the new Villa boss last week following the axing of Dean Smith, who in turn is not the new manager of Norwich City.

Gerrard left Rangers as the Scottish champions before deciding to make the move to Birmingham.

Gerrard said moving to Villa was too good opportunity to turn down and he also views it as chance to prove himself in the English Premiership.

“I think Aston Villa sells itself.

“An iconic football club that I know pretty well from the outside and I’m very much excited to get involved inside and start building relationships, get on the training pitch and get started.

“The excitement levels are really, really high. I’m very hungry, very ambitious and the start can’t come quickly enough.

“I think this club will suit me because I know the fans are very passionate. I know there’s a demand and a pressure here to win, that’s something I’ve lived with since I was 17-18 years of age.

“So, for me, it’s about making everyone come together and be unified, and I believe we can do exciting things together.”

Gerrard's first game in charge at Villa Park is on Saturday against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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