Steven Gerrard will be announced as Aston Villa boss this week after reports stated he was ready to leave Rangers. Footage showing the current Rangers boss showed him getting off a train in London.
The Ibrox gaffer is reportedly close to completing a move to Aston Villa as manager with the Premier League club looking to replace Dean Smith who was sacked by Villa on Sunday.
Gerrard is now as short as 2/7 to be confirmed as the next permanent Villa manager after reports suggested that an official approach would be made within the next 24 to 48 hours.
— The Ibrox Channel (@TheIbroxChannel) November 10, 2021
Stevie G took over Rangers in the summer of 2018 and has become their most successful manager in over a decade after ending arch-rivals Celtic’s nine-year dominance of the Scottish Premiership title.
The Liverpool and England legend guided Rangers to an invincible Premiership title last term as Celtic were impeded in their bid for ten-in-a-row.
Daily Record reports that ‘frantic talks’ have been undertaken between parties and AVFC will be making an official approach as early as Wednesday.
Steven Gerrard is an exciting coaching prospect, but a big risk for Purlsow…
However, #avfc would have a very determined young coach with a lot to prove – that can only be a good thing.
He also brings along a well-respected backroom team (Beale & McAllister). pic.twitter.com/nM2XI1mlta
— Andrew Ashburn (@AndrewAshburn) November 10, 2021
The report also states that the Premier League outfit are expecting to pay less than £3m for Gerrard’s services, triggering a release clause in his contract at Ibrox.
That fee would increase, though, if Gerrard wants to take assistants David McAllister, and Michael Beale with him. The Scot has a tale with Villa, working as Gerard Houllier’s assistant manager in 2010 and taking over as caretaker boss following the Frenchman’s illness.
The Villa The Lions are keen to get their man in good time during the international break, to offer him some time to prepare for their next match at home to Brighton in the Premier League on 20 November.