Aston Villa fans say 'good riddances' as manager Steven Gerrard is sacked

‘Plenty of managers will want the job’: Aston Villa fans say ‘good riddance’ as manager Steven Gerrard is sacked after taking the club backwards despite building his own ‘solid’ squad

  • Aston Villa have sacked Steven Gerrard as their manager after just 11 months 
  • Villa sit 17th in the Premier League on nine points – just one point above the drop
  • Fans have taken to social media to share their views on the Gerrard sacking

Aston Villa fans are pleased to see the back of Steven Gerrard after he was sacked following a miserable defeat to Fulham.

Ten-man Villa were humiliated 3-0 at Craven Cottage, leaving them 17th in the table and the club moved to act just over an hour after full-time. 

The former England captain has now been dismissed just 11 months after succeeding Dean Smith at Villa Park, and Villa have targeted former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, with conversations thought to have been held between intermediaries.

Aston Villa have sacked Steven Gerrard (pictured) as their manager after just 11 months

The message on the club’s website was terse. It read: ‘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.’

Gerrard originally joined the Midlands club on a three-and-a-half-year deal worth about £5.5million per season last November in place of Dean Smith, who was sacked after five straight defeats. 

Gerrard's time in charge ironically ended with an own goal from former captain Tyrone Mings

Gerrard’s time in charge ironically ended with an own goal from former captain Tyrone Mings

Despite significant transfer spending, including the capture of his former Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho, Gerrard was unable to deliver the ‘continuous improvement’ demanded by chief executive Christian Purslow when the former England captain was hired. 

His time in charge came to an end with an own goal from Tyrone Mings who he ironically removed as club captain during the summer. 

Villa fans have taken to social media in delight with the club’s decision to part way with Gerrard after a miserable start to the new campaign, with some even hopeful of a promising new manager.

One fan posted: ‘He had the resources to build the squad he wanted but failed to deliver and did a worse job than Dean Smith.

‘We sacked Smith for hitting a ceiling at Villa and Gerrard has taken us backwards.

‘I think plenty of managers will want the job. The squad is solid, just out of form.’

A second fan tweeted: ‘Villa didn’t waste much time tonight, Gerrard’s fate sealed by a Tyrone Mings OG.

A third said: ‘That trend of getting former PL players as coaches after taking a short course in management should end. We need tried & tested veterans. Good riddance Gerrard.

A fourth added: ‘Thought the grass was greener on the other side Gerrard, good riddance.’

More supporters also chimed in by mocking Gerrard for his famous slip up against Chelsea that Liverpool the title as well as his decisions as Villa boss. 

A fan said: ‘It certainly won’t be a fond farewell, more of a good riddance

One posted: ‘Gerrard deserves the sack for thinking a centre pairing of Bednernak & Mings was a good idea.

While one tweeted: ‘Gerrard slips again! Another simply put: ‘Another massive Gerrard slip.

Another added: ‘You always felt Gerrard’s future as Aston Villa manager was slipping away by the game. One too many slip ups has simply cost him his job.’


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