Steven Gerrard has spoken of his regret at not being able to make the job at Aston Villa a success.
Gerrard was sacked as manager after Villa’s 3-0 defeat at Fulham on Thursday night.
The club have picked up just nine points in their first 11 games and are just above the relegation zone in terms of goals scored.
Gerrard wrote on Instagram: “I would like to thank everyone associated with Aston Villa Football Club for the support I have been shown during my time there.
“I would like to personally thank the board, the players and all the staff for their hard work.
“It’s unfortunate for the fans that it didn’t work out in the end but I owe you a debt of gratitude for welcoming me to your club and for continuing to push the team forward through difficult times.
“Aston Villa is a club with a special history, I really wanted to bring back those memorable successes, unfortunately it wasn’t to be. I wish everyone at the club all the best for the future.”
Meanwhile, Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim has refused to be signed for the Villa job.
The 37-year-old is a contender to succeed Gerrard, who guided Sporting to their first Portuguese league title in 19 years last season.
Villa would have to pay a huge sum to get him out of Jose Alvalade Stadium but Amorim has kept a low profile.
“In relation to other clubs, I’m Sporting’s coach and once again there’s nothing to say about that,” he said before Sporting’s game against Casa Pia on Saturday.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects former Reds captain Gerrard to come back stronger after his sacking – but hopes he takes some time off the game first.
“He’ll definitely come back from that,” said Klopp.
“We had a little exchange this morning but nothing too deep. No long talk.
“I can imagine it’s disappointing for him because of the vision he had and the things he wanted to achieve at Aston Villa. It’s obviously not cool.
“But I don’t think we have to worry about Stevie right now. He said himself yesterday that he’s known the game long enough and things like that can happen.
“As it is in life, we all get hits here and there and it just depends on how you react to it.
“He always came back and he will come back from that, there’s no doubt about that.
“A lot of great managers out there have had to leave their previous clubs for various reasons, some of the best have done so – only recently – and popped up elsewhere and learned from that, found a better situation.
“He’s going to come back 100 per cent, but now I’m hoping he’ll take a little bit of time too, because since he finished his (playing) career he’s been working pretty much all the time, so maybe use it for a bit now charge you.”
Villa confirmed on Friday morning that Gerrard’s backroom staff had also left.
The club released a brief statement confirming the departure of Gary McAllister, Neil Critchley, Tom Culshaw, Jordan Milsom and Scott Mason.
First-team coach Aaron Danks will lead the team for Sunday’s game against Brentford at Villa Park.
Villa Chief Executive Christian Purslow said: “The Board has come to this decision following a full assessment of results and performance over the calendar year.
“When we appointed Steven we knew we had a goal of continuous improvement, but despite our best efforts that has not been achieved and we believe the time is right to make those changes now.
“The process of appointing a new head coach is underway and we will update supporters as soon as possible.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/steven-gerrard-aston-villa-sporting-lisbon-fulham-jurgen-klopp-b2208146.html ‘It wasn’t meant to be’: Steven Gerrard regrets not bringing success to Aston Villa