Steven Gerrard has been sacked by Aston Villa just 11 games into the Premier League season and just over an hour after the club’s dismal defeat by Fulham.
Villa had a difficult start to the season and the result left the side 17th in the Premier League after winning nine Premier League games.
When Villa suffered a 3-0 defeat by Fulham at Craven Cottage, the traveling fans turned on Gerrard and chanted ‘You’ll be sacked in the morning’ and ‘You’ll never work again’ to the former Liverpool captain.
And shortly after Villa’s defeat, the club confirmed in a 42-word statement that Gerrard had left the club with immediate effect. A spokesman added: “We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and dedication and wish him all the best in the future.”
Gerrard had been defiant after the soft meltdown at Fulham that also saw Douglas Luiz sent off for violent behavior in the second half and the former England international vowed he would not defend his position despite Villa’s desperate form and the fury of away fans would give up .
“We’ll see what happens, I’m a fighter,” said Gerrard. “I will never, ever give up anything. Quitting isn’t in my DNA. But the reality is it’s not good enough for this club.”
Gerrard added: “Tonight was a tough night for me personally. We’ll see what happens, but I understand the situation we’re in.”
Gerrard moved to the Midlands last November to replace Dean Smith after an impressive stint at Rangers that included the club’s first Scottish Premiership title in a decade and averted the disgrace of a 10th consecutive championship for rivals Celtic would have been.
Following Gerrard’s appointment to Villa, the Liverpool legend was forced to deny he saw the job as a potential stepping stone to succeeding Jurgen Klopp at Anfield and insisted his focus was on improving the club’s position in the table.
The 42-year-old guided Villa to 14th in the Premier League last season, distracting them from relegation worries but ultimately found disappointing results after spending around £90million over two transfer windows.
The club made former Liverpool and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Sevilla defender Diego Carlos two of its marquee purchases, but Carlos was ruled out for months after tearing his Achilles tendon while Coutinho struggled to repair his to show their best form.
Gerrard also failed to commit to his best team and consistently turned Villa’s attack, failing to make the most of a talented squad, while also making the controversial decision to strip England defender Tyrone Mings of the Villa Park captaincy.
Before the World Cup break, Villa will be hoping for points from league games against Brentford, Newcastle, Manchester United and Brighton, while a second game against Erik ten Hag’s men is in the Carabao Cup third round at Old Trafford.
Villa have been linked with former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino in recent days, while Gerrard’s sacking shortly after Midlands rivals Wolves decided to appoint interim boss Steve Davis until the New Year, took place.
Wolves had unsuccessfully approached former Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui and QPR boss Michael Beale in recent days.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/steven-gerrard-sacked-aston-villa-b2205000.html Steven Gerrard has been sacked by Aston Villa after a poor start to the Premier League season